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Brian Goldner

Brian D. Goldner

President and Chief Executive Officer
Hasbro, Inc.


Age: 50

 

Brian D. Goldner has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hasbro, Inc. since 2008. Prior thereto, Mr. Goldner served as the Chief Operating Officer of Hasbro from 2006 to 2008 and as President, U.S. Toys Segment from 2003 to 2006. Prior to joining Hasbro in 2000, Mr. Goldner held a number of management positions in the family entertainment and advertising industries, including as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Bandai America, Worldwide Director in charge of the Los Angeles Office of J. Walter Thompson and as a Vice President and Account Director of Leo Burnett Advertising. Mr. Goldner serves on the Board of Molson Coors Brewing Company. Mr. Goldner has been a director of the Company since 2008.

 

The Board has nominated Mr. Goldner for election as a director because of his success in senior leadership roles at Hasbro, culminating in his appointment as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer in 2008, and his extensive experience and expertise in branded-play entertainment industries and expertise in marketing, brand development and brand building. Mr. Goldner is the chief architect of the Company’s branded-play strategy and brand blueprint and has led the Company’s transformation from a traditional toy and game manufacturer into a global branded-play organization. Since 2000, under Mr. Goldner’s leadership, the Company has conceptualized and implemented its branded-play strategy, imagining and re-imagining core Hasbro brands globally, identifying Hasbro’s Franchise Brands and developing new ways to express Hasbro’s brands through entertainment, digital media and lifestyle licensing. Mr. Goldner has been a key driver behind the Company’s use of immersive brand-driven entertainment experiences, including motion pictures and television based on the Company’s brands, to develop brand recognition and build the Company’s business. Mr. Goldner also led the Company’s significant global expansion into new and emerging markets. The Board believes Mr. Goldner possesses particular knowledge, expertise and experiences regarding strategic and operational planning and execution in the global branded-play entertainment industry, including building global brands and in delivering immersive branded-play offerings; in global branded entertainment industry trends and challenges; and expertise in marketing and product and brand development and delivery in the entertainment and consumer products spaces.

 

Mr. Goldner also serves as an officer and/or director of a number of the Company’s subsidiaries at the request and convenience of the Company.




Alfred Verrecchia

Alfred J. Verrecchia

Chairman of the Board
Hasbro, Inc.


Age: 71

 

Alfred J. Verrecchia is the Chairman of the Board of Hasbro, Inc., where he has served in this role since 2008. Mr. Verrecchia served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hasbro from 2003 to 2008. Prior thereto, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Hasbro from 2001 to 2003. Mr. Verrecchia is a director and Chairman of the Board of Iron Mountain Incorporated. Mr. Verrecchia previously served on the board of directors of CVS Caremark Corporation from 2004 to 2007 and of FGX International Holdings Limited from 2009 until 2010. Mr. Verrecchia has been a director of the Company since 1992.

 

 

The Board has nominated Mr. Verrecchia for election as a director because of his more than 40 years of experience in the toy, game and family entertainment industries, including successful service in a broad range of senior leadership roles at Hasbro, culminating in his service as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer from 2003 until 2008. Mr. Verrecchia started his career at Hasbro in 1965 in the Company’s finance department. During his career with the Company he took on roles of increasing financial and operating responsibility, serving eventually as Senior Vice President of Finance, then Chief Financial Officer, then Chief Operating Officer and ultimately as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Verrecchia was a key architect of the Company’s turnaround strategy in 2000, which focused on leveraging the Company’s core brands, reducing costs and lessening the Company’s reliance on its licensed business. He has extensive experience in the operation of our business and the industries in which we compete. The Board believes Mr. Verrecchia possesses particular knowledge, expertise and perspectives regarding strategic and operational planning and execution in the toy, game, family entertainment and branded-play industries; expertise in executive management; expertise in corporate finance, financial reporting and accounting; and expertise in the competitive and financial positioning of the Company and its business.




Basil Anderson

Basil L. Anderson

Retired Vice Chairman
Staples, Inc.


Age: 68

 

Basil L. Anderson served as Vice Chairman of Staples, Inc. (office supply company) from September 2001 until March 2006. Prior thereto, he was Executive Vice President — Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Campbell Soup Company (consumer products company) since 1996. Mr. Anderson also previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Scott Paper Company from 1993 to 1996. Mr. Anderson is a director of Becton, Dickinson and Company, Moody’s Corporation and Staples, Inc. He previously served on the Board of CRA International, Inc. from 2004 until January 2010. Mr. Anderson has been a director of the Company since 2002.

 

The Board has nominated Mr. Anderson for election as a director because of his more than 30 years of business experience, including years of experience as an operating executive, a chief financial officer and as a board member of major multinational public companies. In the Board’s view Mr. Anderson possesses strategic, business, financial planning and operations expertise; corporate finance expertise; particular knowledge, expertise and perspective regarding financial reporting and accounting issues for multinational public companies; experience from service on four public company audit committees; expertise in corporate governance and board and committee best practices; and international business expertise.




Alan Batkin

Alan R. Batkin

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Converse Associates, Inc.


Age: 69

 

Alan R. Batkin is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Converse Associates, Inc. (a strategic advisory firm). From 2007 to 2012, he was the Vice Chairman of Eton Park Capital Management, L.P. (global, multi-disciplinary investment firm). Prior thereto, he was the Vice Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc. (strategic consulting firm) from 1990 until 2006. He is a director of Cantel Medical Corp., Pattern Energy Group, Inc. and Omnicom Group, Inc. Mr. Batkin served on the Board of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. from 1999 to 2012. Mr. Batkin has been a director of the Company since 1992.

 

The Board has nominated Mr. Batkin for election as a director because of his more than 40 years of business experience and financial expertise spanning his work in public accounting as a CPA, investment banking and international strategic consulting. Mr. Batkin has extensive experience advising multinational companies on global business and political issues, and he has served as a director for numerous public companies. The Board believes Mr. Batkin possesses expertise in corporate finance and asset management; expertise in strategic planning and international business operations; particular knowledge, expertise and perspective regarding financial reporting and accounting matters for multinational public companies; and expertise in corporate governance and board and committee best practices.




Frank Biondi

Frank J. Biondi Jr.

Senior Managing Director
WaterView Advisors LLC


Age: 69

 

Frank J. Biondi, Jr. is Senior Managing Director of WaterView Advisors LLC (private equity fund specializing in media), serving in this role since 1999. Mr. Biondi is a director of Amgen, Inc., Cablevision Systems Corporation, Seagate Technology PLC and RealD Inc. Mr. Biondi previously served on the board of directors of Yahoo! Inc. from 2008 until 2010. Mr. Biondi has been a director of the Company since 2002.

 

The Board has nominated Mr. Biondi for election as a director because of his more than 40 years of business experience, including years of experience as an operating executive and as a chief executive officer of a number of television, film, media and other diversified entertainment companies, including Universal Studios, Viacom Inc., Coca-Cola Television and Home Box Office. Most recently, Mr. Biondi has spent fourteen years serving as the senior managing director of an investment advisory firm specializing in television, entertainment and media. Mr. Biondi has also served on the boards of over 15 public companies during his career. The Board believes Mr. Biondi possesses particular knowledge, expertise and perspective regarding the television, entertainment and media industries; corporate finance and strategic planning expertise; as well as expertise in corporate governance and board and committee best practices.




Kenneth Bronfin

Kenneth A. Bronfin

Senior Managing Director
Hearst Ventures


Age: 54

 

Kenneth A. Bronfin is Senior Managing Director of Hearst Ventures (the strategic investment arm of diversified media company Hearst Corporation), serving in this role since 2013. Prior thereto, he was President of Hearst Interactive Media since 2002. Prior thereto, he was Deputy Group Head of Hearst Interactive Media since 1996. From 2002 until 2006, Mr. Bronfin served on the Board of iVillage Inc. Mr. Bronfin has been a director of the Company since 2008.

 

The Board has nominated Mr. Bronfin for election as a director because of his extensive expertise and experience in operational and executive roles in the media and digital services sectors. Mr. Bronfin’s experience includes serving in a number of executive positions where he was in charge of leading interactive media and digital businesses and where he led new business ventures, strategic investments and acquisitions in the digital content and media sectors. Mr. Bronfin also has experience serving on a number of private and public company boards of directors. The Board believes Mr. Bronfin possesses particular knowledge, expertise and experience in the media and digital services businesses, including international media; advertising and marketing, and consumer trends in media and digital technology; as well as expertise in strategic planning and corporate finance.




John Connors

John M. Connors Jr.

Chairman Emeritus
Hill Holliday


Age: 71

 

John M. Connors, Jr. was a founding partner of Hill Holliday Connors Cosmopulos Inc., a full-service marketing, advertising and communications company based in Boston, Massachusetts. He served as Chairman, CEO and President for many years before selling the company in 1998 to the Interpublic Group (IPG). He continued to serve as Chairman, CEO and President of the company following the sale until 2003 and as Chairman until 2006, and he currently serves as Chairman Emeritus. From 2004 to 2013, Mr. Connors served on the Board of Covidien PLC. He has been a director of the Company since 2004.

 

 

The Board has nominated Mr. Connors for election as a director because of his more than 40 years of business experience, which includes co-founding and developing one of the top advertising and marketing communications firms in the United States and advising many of the top branded companies in the world. Mr. Connors has also served on the boards of dozens of entities, including public companies, private companies, hospitals and colleges. The Board believes that Mr. Connors possesses particular knowledge, expertise and perspectives regarding the marketing, advertising and communications fields; brand management, brand building and brand research and development; and expertise in corporate governance and board and committee best practices.

 




Michael Garrett

Michael W.O. Garrett

Retired Executive Vice President
Nestlé S.A


Age: 71

 

Michael W.O. Garrett served in a number of positions with Nestlé S.A. (international food and beverage company), most recently as Executive Vice President of Nestlé S.A. responsible for Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Oceania until 2005. He serves as a board member of the Nestlé Company in India and non-executive director on the boards of Gottex Fund Management Holdings Ltd. and the Bobst Group in Switzerland. From 2004 to 2013 Mr. Garrett served on the Board of Prudential PLC, UK. Mr. Garrett has been a director of the Company since 2005.

 

The Board has nominated Mr. Garrett for election as a director because of his more than 40 years of experience with Nestlé S.A., which involved service in operating and executive positions of increasing responsibility, including management of large international operations and responsibility for developing and managing businesses in new and emerging markets in many global regions, including Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Garrett also has extensive experience serving on the boards of large multinational companies. The Board believes Mr. Garrett possesses particular knowledge, expertise and perspectives regarding international business operations and expansion, including operations in new and emerging markets; corporate finance and international operating and tax matters; organizational issues involving large, multinational consumer-focused companies; strategic planning expertise; and expertise in board and committee best practices.




Lisa Gersh

Lisa Gersh

Chief Executive Officer
Goop


Age: 55

 

Lisa Gersh is currently CEO of Goop, a lifestyle website founded by actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Prior to joining Goop, Gersh served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (integrated media and merchandising company) until 2013. Before being named CEO, Lisa served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. from 2011 to 2012. She served as President, Strategic Initiatives at NBC News, an operating subsidiary of NBC Universal from 2007 until January 2011. Ms. Gersh also served as General Managing Director of the Weather Channel companies for NBC Universal from 2007 until 2009. Prior thereto, she was a co-founder and the President and Chief Operating Officer of Oxygen Media from 1998 until 2007, when it was acquired by NBC News.

 

Ms. Gersh served as a director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. from 2011 to 2013 and served on the board of directors of The Knot, Inc. (now XO Group Inc.) from 2005 until 2010. Ms. Gersh has been a director of the Company since 2010.




Jack Greenberg

Jack M. Greenberg

Chairman
The Western Union Company, InnerWorkings, Inc.


Age: 71

 

Jack M. Greenberg has served as the Chairman of The Western Union Company (funds transfer company) since 2006 and the Chairman of InnerWorkings, Inc. (global provider of managed print and promotional solutions) since 2010. Prior thereto, Mr. Greenberg served as Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s Corporation (restaurant franchiser) from August 1998 until his retirement in December 2002. He served as Chairman of the Board of McDonald’s Corporation from May 1999 until December 2002. Mr. Greenberg is a director of Allstate Corporation, Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc. and Manpower, Inc. and a director and Chairman of the Board of InnerWorkings, Inc. and The Western Union Company. Mr. Greenberg previously served on the board of directors of Abbott Laboratories from 2001 until 2007 and First Data Corporation from 2002 until 2006. Mr. Greenberg has been a director of the Company since 2003.

 

The Board has nominated Mr. Greenberg for election as a director because of his more than 40 years of business experience, including service as a partner and director of tax for an accounting firm, and his years of operating and executive experience with McDonald’s Corporation involving roles of increasing responsibility and business and financial oversight. Mr. Greenberg’s career with McDonald’s commenced with his service as chief financial officer, and then culminated as chairman and chief executive officer of McDonald’s. Mr. Greenberg has also served on the boards of numerous public companies and philanthropic organizations. The Board believes Mr. Greenberg possesses particular knowledge, expertise and experience in corporate finance and tax expertise; executive management of a multinational company; expertise in operating and international issues for multinational corporations; strategic planning expertise; expertise in financial reporting and accounting issues for large multinational corporations; and expertise in corporate governance and board and committee best practices.




Alan Hassenfeld

Alan G. Hassenfeld

Retired Chairman and CEO
Hasbro, Inc.


Age: 65

 

Alan G. Hassenfeld served as Chairman of the Board of Hasbro, Inc. from 1989 to 2008. Prior to May 2003, Mr. Hassenfeld served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Hasbro since 1999. Prior thereto, he was Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hasbro since 1989. Mr. Hassenfeld serves on the Board of salesforce.com, inc. and served on the Board of Global Cornerstone Holdings Ltd. from 2011 until 2013. Mr. Hassenfeld is also co-chairman of the Governing Body of the International Council of Toy Industries CARE Process. Mr. Hassenfeld has been a director of the Company since 1978.

 

The Board has nominated Mr. Hassenfeld for election as a director because of his more than 40 years of experience in the toy, game and family entertainment industry, including his extensive service in senior leadership roles at Hasbro, culminating in his service as the Company’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Throughout his career at Hasbro, Mr. Hassenfeld held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in marketing and sales for the Company’s domestic and international operations, including responsibilities overseeing global markets. He became Vice President of International Operations in 1972 and later served as Vice President of Marketing and Sales and then as Executive Vice President, prior to being named President of the Company in 1984 and President and Chief Executive Officer in 1989. The Board believes Mr. Hassenfeld possesses particular knowledge, expertise and experience regarding strategic and operational planning and execution in the toy, game and family entertainment industries; expertise in industry trends and challenges, global markets, and international business operations; expertise in issues of corporate social responsibility and sustainability; and experience in the competitive and financial positioning of the Company and its business.




Tracy Leinbach

Tracy Leinbach

Retired EVP and CFO
Ryder System, Inc.


Age: 54

 

Tracy A. Leinbach served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Ryder System, Inc. (a global logistics and transportation and supply chain solutions provider) from 2003 until 2006. Prior thereto, Ms. Leinbach served as Executive Vice President, Fleet Management Solutions for Ryder since 2001. She is a director of Forward Air Corporation. Ms. Leinbach has been a director of the Company since 2008.

 

The Board has nominated Ms. Leinbach for election as a director because of her extensive business experience in corporate finance and global operations, auditing and accounting. Ms. Leinbach held a number of positions involving increasing global operating and global financial management, responsibility and oversight, as well as global supply chain management, with Ryder, spanning a career with Ryder of over 21 years. Her time with Ryder included service as controller and chief financial officer at many of Ryder’s subsidiaries and divisions. Ms. Leinbach’s career with Ryder culminated in her service as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to her career with Ryder, Ms. Leinbach worked for Price Waterhouse in public accounting and was a CPA. The Board believes Ms. Leinbach possesses particular knowledge, expertise and perspectives in corporate finance; operations, sales and logistics; and in strategic planning and risk management; expertise in issues regarding the management of a multinational corporation; and expertise regarding financial reporting and accounting issues for large public companies. The Board has determined that Ms. Leinbach qualifies as an Audit Committee Financial Expert due to her prior experience, including as the Chief Financial Officer of a public company (Ryder System, Inc.).




Edward Philip

Edward M. Philip

Chief Operating Officer
Partners in Health
Special Partner
Highland Consumer Fund


Age: 48

 

Edward M. Philip has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Partners in Health (a non-profit healthcare organization) since January 2013. In addition, Mr. Philip is a Special Partner at Highland Consumer Fund (consumer oriented private equity fund), serving in this role since 2013. He served as Managing General Partner at Highland Consumer Fund from 2006 to 2013. Prior thereto, Mr. Philip served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Decision Matrix Group, Inc. (research and consulting firm) from May 2004 to November 2005. Prior thereto, he was Senior Vice President of Terra Networks, S.A. (global Internet company) from October 2000 to January 2004. In 1995, Mr. Philip joined Lycos, Inc. (an Internet service provider and search company) as one of its founding members. During his time with Lycos, Mr. Philip held the positions of President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at different times. Prior to joining Lycos, Mr. Philip spent time as the Vice President of Finance for the Walt Disney Company, and prior thereto Mr. Philip spent a number of years in investment banking. He is a director of BRP Inc. Mr. Philip has been a director of the Company since 2002.

 

The Board has nominated Mr. Philip for election as a director because of his more than 25 years of business experience, including many years of experience as both an operating executive and chief financial officer of multinational corporations, and his experience in strategic, business and financial planning in consumer-based and technology-based industries and in overseeing management teams of such companies. The Board believes Mr. Philip possesses particular knowledge, expertise and perspectives regarding corporate finance; internet and technology based industries and the use of the internet and digital media for building businesses; expertise in consumer trends and in the family entertainment industry; financial reporting and accounting matters for large multinational public companies; as well as expertise in the operation and management of a multinational corporation.




Richard Stoddart

Richard S. Stoddart

Chief Executive Officer
Leo Burnett North America


Age: 51

 

Richard S. Stoddart is the Chief Executive Officer of Leo Burnett North America, serving in his role since 2013. Mr. Stoddart served as President of Leo Burnett North America from 2005 to 2013. Prior thereto, he was Manager of Marketing Communications of Ford Motor Company from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Stoddart has been a director of the Company since March 2014.

 

The Board appointed Mr. Stoddart in March 2014 and has nominated Mr. Stoddart for re-election as a director at the Annual Meeting because of his extensive experience in the advertising, marketing and communications industries, including in television, digital and social media and in print. As the Chief Executive Officer of one of the largest advertising agencies in North America, Mr. Stoddart is recognized for his leadership in the development and integration of shopper, digital, social and mobile capabilities as part of a company’s overall marketing and brand strategy. The Board believes Mr. Stoddart possesses particular knowledge, expertise and perspectives regarding branding and brand building, marketing strategy and marketing communications, including in traditional advertising, digital advertising and social media; expertise in media planning, launching branded content and products; and expertise in media trends and strategic planning.




Linda Zecher

Linda Zecher

President and Chief Executive Officer
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company


Age: 61

 

Linda Zecher is President and Chief Executive Officer of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company, serving in her role since 2011.  In this role, Ms. Zecher is leading HMH’s transformation to a digitally-focused learning and content media company.  Through a successful financial restructure and completing a series of acquisitions and mergers Ms. Zecher has been effective in strengthening the company’s competitive position in the education technology and consumer education market.

 

Prior to joining Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Ms. Zecher served as Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector at Microsoft from 2009 to 2011.  Ms. Zecher joined Microsoft in 2003, and successfully led the U.S and Asia Pacific public sector businesses before taking over the worldwide organization in 2009.  Before joining Microsoft, Ms. Zecher was CEO at Evolve Corporation.  Prior to Evolve Corp., she was Sr. VP of Application Suites at Oracle Corporation.  She began her career as a geophysicist at Texas Instruments.

 

Currently, Ms. Zecher serves on the Board of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company.




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Brian D. Goldner
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Brian D. Goldner
President and Chief Executive Officer
Hasbro, Inc.

Age: 50

 

Brian D. Goldner has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hasbro, Inc. since 2008. Prior thereto, Mr. Goldner served as the Chief Operating Officer of Hasbro from 2006 to 2008 and as President, U.S. Toys Segment from 2003 to 2006. Prior to joining Hasbro in 2000, Mr. Goldner held a number of management positions in the family entertainment and advertising industries, including as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Bandai America, Worldwide Director in charge of the Los Angeles Office of J. Walter Thompson and as a Vice President and Account Director of Leo Burnett Advertising. Mr. Goldner serves on the Board of Molson Coors Brewing Company. Mr. Goldner has been a director of the Company since 2008.

 

The Board has nominated Mr. Goldner for election as a director because of his success in senior leadership roles at Hasbro, culminating in his appointment as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer in 2008, and his extensive experience and expertise in branded-play entertainment industries and expertise in marketing, brand development and brand building. Mr. Goldner is the chief architect of the Company’s branded-play strategy and brand blueprint and has led the Company’s transformation from a traditional toy and game manufacturer into a global branded-play organization. Since 2000, under Mr. Goldner’s leadership, the Company has conceptualized and implemented its branded-play strategy, imagining and re-imagining core Hasbro brands globally, identifying Hasbro’s Franchise Brands and developing new ways to express Hasbro’s brands through entertainment, digital media and lifestyle licensing. Mr. Goldner has been a key driver behind the Company’s use of immersive brand-driven entertainment experiences, including motion pictures and television based on the Company’s brands, to develop brand recognition and build the Company’s business. Mr. Goldner also led the Company’s significant global expansion into new and emerging markets. The Board believes Mr. Goldner possesses particular knowledge, expertise and experiences regarding strategic and operational planning and execution in the global branded-play entertainment industry, including building global brands and in delivering immersive branded-play offerings; in global branded entertainment industry trends and challenges; and expertise in marketing and product and brand development and delivery in the entertainment and consumer products spaces.

 

Mr. Goldner also serves as an officer and/or director of a number of the Company’s subsidiaries at the request and convenience of the Company.

    Member of Executive Committee    
Alfred J. Verrecchia Chairman of the Board
Independent
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Alfred J. Verrecchia
Chairman of the Board
Hasbro, Inc.

Age: 71

 

Alfred J. Verrecchia is the Chairman of the Board of Hasbro, Inc., where he has served in this role since 2008. Mr. Verrecchia served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hasbro from 2003 to 2008. Prior thereto, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Hasbro from 2001 to 2003. Mr. Verrecchia is a director and Chairman of the Board of Iron Mountain Incorporated. Mr. Verrecchia previously served on the board of directors of CVS Caremark Corporation from 2004 to 2007 and of FGX International Holdings Limited from 2009 until 2010. Mr. Verrecchia has been a director of the Company since 1992.

 

 

The Board has nominated Mr. Verrecchia for election as a director because of his more than 40 years of experience in the toy, game and family entertainment industries, including successful service in a broad range of senior leadership roles at Hasbro, culminating in his service as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer from 2003 until 2008. Mr. Verrecchia started his career at Hasbro in 1965 in the Company’s finance department. During his career with the Company he took on roles of increasing financial and operating responsibility, serving eventually as Senior Vice President of Finance, then Chief Financial Officer, then Chief Operating Officer and ultimately as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Verrecchia was a key architect of the Company’s turnaround strategy in 2000, which focused on leveraging the Company’s core brands, reducing costs and lessening the Company’s reliance on its licensed business. He has extensive experience in the operation of our business and the industries in which we compete. The Board believes Mr. Verrecchia possesses particular knowledge, expertise and perspectives regarding strategic and operational planning and execution in the toy, game, family entertainment and branded-play industries; expertise in executive management; expertise in corporate finance, financial reporting and accounting; and expertise in the competitive and financial positioning of the Company and its business.

    Member of Executive Committee    
Basil L. Anderson
Independent
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Basil L. Anderson
Retired Vice Chairman
Staples, Inc.

Age: 68

 

Basil L. Anderson served as Vice Chairman of Staples, Inc. (office supply company) from September 2001 until March 2006. Prior thereto, he was Executive Vice President — Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Campbell Soup Company (consumer products company) since 1996. Mr. Anderson also previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Scott Paper Company from 1993 to 1996. Mr. Anderson is a director of Becton, Dickinson and Company, Moody’s Corporation and Staples, Inc. He previously served on the Board of CRA International, Inc. from 2004 until January 2010. Mr. Anderson has been a director of the Company since 2002.

 

The Board has nominated Mr. Anderson for election as a director because of his more than 30 years of business experience, including years of experience as an operating executive, a chief financial officer and as a board member of major multinational public companies. In the Board’s view Mr. Anderson possesses strategic, business, financial planning and operations expertise; corporate finance expertise; particular knowledge, expertise and perspective regarding financial reporting and accounting issues for multinational public companies; experience from service on four public company audit committees; expertise in corporate governance and board and committee best practices; and international business expertise.

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Alan R. Batkin
Independent
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Alan R. Batkin
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Converse Associates, Inc.

Age: 69

 

Alan R. Batkin is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Converse Associates, Inc. (a strategic advisory firm). From 2007 to 2012, he was the Vice Chairman of Eton Park Capital Management, L.P. (global, multi-disciplinary investment firm). Prior thereto, he was the Vice Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc. (strategic consulting firm) from 1990 until 2006. He is a director of Cantel Medical Corp., Pattern Energy Group, Inc. and Omnicom Group, Inc. Mr. Batkin served on the Board of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. from 1999 to 2012. Mr. Batkin has been a director of the Company since 1992.

 

The Board has nominated Mr. Batkin for election as a director because of his more than 40 years of business experience and financial expertise spanning his work in public accounting as a CPA, investment banking and international strategic consulting. Mr. Batkin has extensive experience advising multinational companies on global business and political issues, and he has served as a director for numerous public companies. The Board believes Mr. Batkin possesses expertise in corporate finance and asset management; expertise in strategic planning and international business operations; particular knowledge, expertise and perspective regarding financial reporting and accounting matters for multinational public companies; and expertise in corporate governance and board and committee best practices.

Member of Audit Committee     Member of Finance Committee  
Frank J. Biondi Jr.
Independent
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Frank J. Biondi Jr.
Senior Managing Director
WaterView Advisors LLC

Age: 69

 

Frank J. Biondi, Jr. is Senior Managing Director of WaterView Advisors LLC (private equity fund specializing in media), serving in this role since 1999. Mr. Biondi is a director of Amgen, Inc., Cablevision Systems Corporation, Seagate Technology PLC and RealD Inc. Mr. Biondi previously served on the board of directors of Yahoo! Inc. from 2008 until 2010. Mr. Biondi has been a director of the Company since 2002.

 

The Board has nominated Mr. Biondi for election as a director because of his more than 40 years of business experience, including years of experience as an operating executive and as a chief executive officer of a number of television, film, media and other diversified entertainment companies, including Universal Studios, Viacom Inc., Coca-Cola Television and Home Box Office. Most recently, Mr. Biondi has spent fourteen years serving as the senior managing director of an investment advisory firm specializing in television, entertainment and media. Mr. Biondi has also served on the boards of over 15 public companies during his career. The Board believes Mr. Biondi possesses particular knowledge, expertise and perspective regarding the television, entertainment and media industries; corporate finance and strategic planning expertise; as well as expertise in corporate governance and board and committee best practices.

  Member of Compensation Committee     Member of Nominating, Governance & Social Responsibility Committee
Kenneth A. Bronfin
Independent
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Kenneth A. Bronfin
Senior Managing Director
Hearst Ventures

Age: 54

 

Kenneth A. Bronfin is Senior Managing Director of Hearst Ventures (the strategic investment arm of diversified media company Hearst Corporation), serving in this role since 2013. Prior thereto, he was President of Hearst Interactive Media since 2002. Prior thereto, he was Deputy Group Head of Hearst Interactive Media since 1996. From 2002 until 2006, Mr. Bronfin served on the Board of iVillage Inc. Mr. Bronfin has been a director of the Company since 2008.

 

The Board has nominated Mr. Bronfin for election as a director because of his extensive expertise and experience in operational and executive roles in the media and digital services sectors. Mr. Bronfin’s experience includes serving in a number of executive positions where he was in charge of leading interactive media and digital businesses and where he led new business ventures, strategic investments and acquisitions in the digital content and media sectors. Mr. Bronfin also has experience serving on a number of private and public company boards of directors. The Board believes Mr. Bronfin possesses particular knowledge, expertise and experience in the media and digital services businesses, including international media; advertising and marketing, and consumer trends in media and digital technology; as well as expertise in strategic planning and corporate finance.

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John M. Connors Jr.
Independent
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John M. Connors Jr.
Chairman Emeritus
Hill Holliday

Age: 71

 

John M. Connors, Jr. was a founding partner of Hill Holliday Connors Cosmopulos Inc., a full-service marketing, advertising and communications company based in Boston, Massachusetts. He served as Chairman, CEO and President for many years before selling the company in 1998 to the Interpublic Group (IPG). He continued to serve as Chairman, CEO and President of the company following the sale until 2003 and as Chairman until 2006, and he currently serves as Chairman Emeritus. From 2004 to 2013, Mr. Connors served on the Board of Covidien PLC. He has been a director of the Company since 2004.

 

 

The Board has nominated Mr. Connors for election as a director because of his more than 40 years of business experience, which includes co-founding and developing one of the top advertising and marketing communications firms in the United States and advising many of the top branded companies in the world. Mr. Connors has also served on the boards of dozens of entities, including public companies, private companies, hospitals and colleges. The Board believes that Mr. Connors possesses particular knowledge, expertise and perspectives regarding the marketing, advertising and communications fields; brand management, brand building and brand research and development; and expertise in corporate governance and board and committee best practices.

 

  Member of Compensation Committee     Member of Nominating, Governance & Social Responsibility Committee
Michael W.O. Garrett
Independent
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Michael W.O. Garrett
Retired Executive Vice President
Nestlé S.A

Age: 71

 

Michael W.O. Garrett served in a number of positions with Nestlé S.A. (international food and beverage company), most recently as Executive Vice President of Nestlé S.A. responsible for Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Oceania until 2005. He serves as a board member of the Nestlé Company in India and non-executive director on the boards of Gottex Fund Management Holdings Ltd. and the Bobst Group in Switzerland. From 2004 to 2013 Mr. Garrett served on the Board of Prudential PLC, UK. Mr. Garrett has been a director of the Company since 2005.

 

The Board has nominated Mr. Garrett for election as a director because of his more than 40 years of experience with Nestlé S.A., which involved service in operating and executive positions of increasing responsibility, including management of large international operations and responsibility for developing and managing businesses in new and emerging markets in many global regions, including Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Garrett also has extensive experience serving on the boards of large multinational companies. The Board believes Mr. Garrett possesses particular knowledge, expertise and perspectives regarding international business operations and expansion, including operations in new and emerging markets; corporate finance and international operating and tax matters; organizational issues involving large, multinational consumer-focused companies; strategic planning expertise; and expertise in board and committee best practices.

Member of Audit Committee     Member of Finance Committee  
Lisa Gersh
Independent
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Lisa Gersh
Chief Executive Officer
Goop

Age: 55

 

Lisa Gersh is currently CEO of Goop, a lifestyle website founded by actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Prior to joining Goop, Gersh served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (integrated media and merchandising company) until 2013. Before being named CEO, Lisa served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. from 2011 to 2012. She served as President, Strategic Initiatives at NBC News, an operating subsidiary of NBC Universal from 2007 until January 2011. Ms. Gersh also served as General Managing Director of the Weather Channel companies for NBC Universal from 2007 until 2009. Prior thereto, she was a co-founder and the President and Chief Operating Officer of Oxygen Media from 1998 until 2007, when it was acquired by NBC News.

 

Ms. Gersh served as a director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. from 2011 to 2013 and served on the board of directors of The Knot, Inc. (now XO Group Inc.) from 2005 until 2010. Ms. Gersh has been a director of the Company since 2010.

Member of Audit Committee       Member of Nominating, Governance & Social Responsibility Committee
Jack M. Greenberg
Independent
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Jack M. Greenberg
Chairman
The Western Union Company, InnerWorkings, Inc.

Age: 71

 

Jack M. Greenberg has served as the Chairman of The Western Union Company (funds transfer company) since 2006 and the Chairman of InnerWorkings, Inc. (global provider of managed print and promotional solutions) since 2010. Prior thereto, Mr. Greenberg served as Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s Corporation (restaurant franchiser) from August 1998 until his retirement in December 2002. He served as Chairman of the Board of McDonald’s Corporation from May 1999 until December 2002. Mr. Greenberg is a director of Allstate Corporation, Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc. and Manpower, Inc. and a director and Chairman of the Board of InnerWorkings, Inc. and The Western Union Company. Mr. Greenberg previously served on the board of directors of Abbott Laboratories from 2001 until 2007 and First Data Corporation from 2002 until 2006. Mr. Greenberg has been a director of the Company since 2003.

 

The Board has nominated Mr. Greenberg for election as a director because of his more than 40 years of business experience, including service as a partner and director of tax for an accounting firm, and his years of operating and executive experience with McDonald’s Corporation involving roles of increasing responsibility and business and financial oversight. Mr. Greenberg’s career with McDonald’s commenced with his service as chief financial officer, and then culminated as chairman and chief executive officer of McDonald’s. Mr. Greenberg has also served on the boards of numerous public companies and philanthropic organizations. The Board believes Mr. Greenberg possesses particular knowledge, expertise and experience in corporate finance and tax expertise; executive management of a multinational company; expertise in operating and international issues for multinational corporations; strategic planning expertise; expertise in financial reporting and accounting issues for large multinational corporations; and expertise in corporate governance and board and committee best practices.

      Member of Finance Committee Member of Nominating, Governance & Social Responsibility Committee
Alan G. Hassenfeld
Independent
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Alan G. Hassenfeld
Retired Chairman and CEO
Hasbro, Inc.

Age: 65

 

Alan G. Hassenfeld served as Chairman of the Board of Hasbro, Inc. from 1989 to 2008. Prior to May 2003, Mr. Hassenfeld served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Hasbro since 1999. Prior thereto, he was Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hasbro since 1989. Mr. Hassenfeld serves on the Board of salesforce.com, inc. and served on the Board of Global Cornerstone Holdings Ltd. from 2011 until 2013. Mr. Hassenfeld is also co-chairman of the Governing Body of the International Council of Toy Industries CARE Process. Mr. Hassenfeld has been a director of the Company since 1978.

 

The Board has nominated Mr. Hassenfeld for election as a director because of his more than 40 years of experience in the toy, game and family entertainment industry, including his extensive service in senior leadership roles at Hasbro, culminating in his service as the Company’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Throughout his career at Hasbro, Mr. Hassenfeld held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in marketing and sales for the Company’s domestic and international operations, including responsibilities overseeing global markets. He became Vice President of International Operations in 1972 and later served as Vice President of Marketing and Sales and then as Executive Vice President, prior to being named President of the Company in 1984 and President and Chief Executive Officer in 1989. The Board believes Mr. Hassenfeld possesses particular knowledge, expertise and experience regarding strategic and operational planning and execution in the toy, game and family entertainment industries; expertise in industry trends and challenges, global markets, and international business operations; expertise in issues of corporate social responsibility and sustainability; and experience in the competitive and financial positioning of the Company and its business.

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Tracy Leinbach
Independent
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Tracy Leinbach
Retired EVP and CFO
Ryder System, Inc.

Age: 54

 

Tracy A. Leinbach served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Ryder System, Inc. (a global logistics and transportation and supply chain solutions provider) from 2003 until 2006. Prior thereto, Ms. Leinbach served as Executive Vice President, Fleet Management Solutions for Ryder since 2001. She is a director of Forward Air Corporation. Ms. Leinbach has been a director of the Company since 2008.

 

The Board has nominated Ms. Leinbach for election as a director because of her extensive business experience in corporate finance and global operations, auditing and accounting. Ms. Leinbach held a number of positions involving increasing global operating and global financial management, responsibility and oversight, as well as global supply chain management, with Ryder, spanning a career with Ryder of over 21 years. Her time with Ryder included service as controller and chief financial officer at many of Ryder’s subsidiaries and divisions. Ms. Leinbach’s career with Ryder culminated in her service as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to her career with Ryder, Ms. Leinbach worked for Price Waterhouse in public accounting and was a CPA. The Board believes Ms. Leinbach possesses particular knowledge, expertise and perspectives in corporate finance; operations, sales and logistics; and in strategic planning and risk management; expertise in issues regarding the management of a multinational corporation; and expertise regarding financial reporting and accounting issues for large public companies. The Board has determined that Ms. Leinbach qualifies as an Audit Committee Financial Expert due to her prior experience, including as the Chief Financial Officer of a public company (Ryder System, Inc.).

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Edward M. Philip
Independent
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Edward M. Philip
Chief Operating Officer
Partners in Health
Special Partner
Highland Consumer Fund

Age: 48

 

Edward M. Philip has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Partners in Health (a non-profit healthcare organization) since January 2013. In addition, Mr. Philip is a Special Partner at Highland Consumer Fund (consumer oriented private equity fund), serving in this role since 2013. He served as Managing General Partner at Highland Consumer Fund from 2006 to 2013. Prior thereto, Mr. Philip served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Decision Matrix Group, Inc. (research and consulting firm) from May 2004 to November 2005. Prior thereto, he was Senior Vice President of Terra Networks, S.A. (global Internet company) from October 2000 to January 2004. In 1995, Mr. Philip joined Lycos, Inc. (an Internet service provider and search company) as one of its founding members. During his time with Lycos, Mr. Philip held the positions of President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at different times. Prior to joining Lycos, Mr. Philip spent time as the Vice President of Finance for the Walt Disney Company, and prior thereto Mr. Philip spent a number of years in investment banking. He is a director of BRP Inc. Mr. Philip has been a director of the Company since 2002.

 

The Board has nominated Mr. Philip for election as a director because of his more than 25 years of business experience, including many years of experience as both an operating executive and chief financial officer of multinational corporations, and his experience in strategic, business and financial planning in consumer-based and technology-based industries and in overseeing management teams of such companies. The Board believes Mr. Philip possesses particular knowledge, expertise and perspectives regarding corporate finance; internet and technology based industries and the use of the internet and digital media for building businesses; expertise in consumer trends and in the family entertainment industry; financial reporting and accounting matters for large multinational public companies; as well as expertise in the operation and management of a multinational corporation.

  Committee Chair for Compensation Committee Member of Executive Committee   Member of Nominating, Governance & Social Responsibility Committee
Richard S. Stoddart
Independent
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Richard S. Stoddart
Chief Executive Officer
Leo Burnett North America

Age: 51

 

Richard S. Stoddart is the Chief Executive Officer of Leo Burnett North America, serving in his role since 2013. Mr. Stoddart served as President of Leo Burnett North America from 2005 to 2013. Prior thereto, he was Manager of Marketing Communications of Ford Motor Company from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Stoddart has been a director of the Company since March 2014.

 

The Board appointed Mr. Stoddart in March 2014 and has nominated Mr. Stoddart for re-election as a director at the Annual Meeting because of his extensive experience in the advertising, marketing and communications industries, including in television, digital and social media and in print. As the Chief Executive Officer of one of the largest advertising agencies in North America, Mr. Stoddart is recognized for his leadership in the development and integration of shopper, digital, social and mobile capabilities as part of a company’s overall marketing and brand strategy. The Board believes Mr. Stoddart possesses particular knowledge, expertise and perspectives regarding branding and brand building, marketing strategy and marketing communications, including in traditional advertising, digital advertising and social media; expertise in media planning, launching branded content and products; and expertise in media trends and strategic planning.

Member of Audit Committee        
Linda Zecher
Independent
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Linda Zecher
President and Chief Executive Officer
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company

Age: 61

 

Linda Zecher is President and Chief Executive Officer of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company, serving in her role since 2011.  In this role, Ms. Zecher is leading HMH’s transformation to a digitally-focused learning and content media company.  Through a successful financial restructure and completing a series of acquisitions and mergers Ms. Zecher has been effective in strengthening the company’s competitive position in the education technology and consumer education market.

 

Prior to joining Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Ms. Zecher served as Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector at Microsoft from 2009 to 2011.  Ms. Zecher joined Microsoft in 2003, and successfully led the U.S and Asia Pacific public sector businesses before taking over the worldwide organization in 2009.  Before joining Microsoft, Ms. Zecher was CEO at Evolve Corporation.  Prior to Evolve Corp., she was Sr. VP of Application Suites at Oracle Corporation.  She began her career as a geophysicist at Texas Instruments.

 

Currently, Ms. Zecher serves on the Board of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company.

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