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 has been a director of the Company since 2008. Goldner also sits on the Gap Inc. Board of Directors.
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.
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 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.
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.
Michael R. Burns is the Vice Chairman and a member of the Board of directors of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., serving in this role since 2000. From 1991 to 2000, he was the Managing Director and Head of the Los Angeles Investment Banking Office of Prudential Securities Inc. Mr. Burns has been a director of the Company since 2014.
The Board has nominated Mr. Burns for election as a director because of his extensive knowledge and experience in content development and brand building, including in the use of creative storytelling across platforms global entertainment franchises; in the entertainment industries, including operating and financial expertise in to build motion picture development, financing, marketing and monetization; expertise in strategic planning for, investing in and building content and entertainment-driven multi-platform businesses; experience in global media distribution; expertise in investment banking and corporate finance; and expertise in international business.
Hope Cochran served as the Chief Financial Officer of King Digital. Prior to joining King Digital, Cochran served as Chief Financial Officer for Clearwire. Cochran is a lifelong supporter of YoungfLife, a program that provided fun, safe, faith-based programs for children 12-18 years of age. Hope previously served on the Board of King Digital and the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle. Hope brings more than 20 years of experience as a top financial executive in the gaming and telecom industries.
The Board appointed Hope in June 2016 because of her financial and gaming expertise; her experience managing global teams and businesses; and the International perspective that is valuable as Hasbro continues to expand its global footprint. She qualifies as a financial expert under the SEC's rules, and has created and led audit committees in both private and public companies.
Sir Crispin H. Davis served as the Chief Executive Officer of Reed Elsevier, PLC (a leading provider of scientific, legal and business publishing) from 1999 to 2009. From 1994 to 1999 he was the Chief Executive Officer of Aegis Group, PLC (media and digital marketing communications company). He is a director of Vodaphone Group, PLC and served on the Board of Glaxo Smith Kline, PLC from 2003 to 2013. Sir Davis has been a director of the Company since February 2016.
The Board appointed Sir Davis as a director in February 2016 and has nominated Sir Davis for re-election as a director because of his experience in transforming a print-based publishing company into a leading online information provider, international business expertise, proven leadership in driving the growth of large multinational corporations, expertise in brand building, organizational development and global marketing, background in media and digital marketing, and knowledge of corporate governance and board best practices.
Lisa Gersh is the former Chief Executive Officer of Goop, Inc. (lifestyle publication curated by Gwyneth Paltrow) serving in her role from October 2014-October 2016. Ms. Gersh served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (integrated media and merchandising company) from 2012 to 2013. Prior thereto, she 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 (media company) from 2007 until January 2011. Ms. Gersh served as a director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. from 2011 to 2013. Ms. Gersh was the founder and President of Oxygen Media from 1998 until 2007. Ms. Gersh has been a director of the Company since 2010.
The Board has nominated Ms. Gersh for election as a director because of her extensive experience in the media, branded products and entertainment industries, including television, digital entertainment and publishing. These roles involved operating and executive positions with multiple leading media and brand-driven companies, including as Chief Executive Officer of Goop, Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and her role in leading NBC Universal’s acquisition of the Weather Channel companies as the executive in charge of the investment. The Board believes Ms. Gersh possesses knowledge, expertise and perspectives, including business and strategic planning expertise, regarding media, brand-driven and entertainment industries, including the cable television and digital industries; marketing and branding expertise; and expertise in media trends and in building global brand-driven businesses.
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 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 and Veritiv 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 global operations, strategic and financial planning, 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. During her career she lead the company’s largest business unit in the U.S., as well as units in Europe, Mexico and Canada. In addition to extensive operating experience, 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 experience in strategic planning, management, operations, logistics and risk management for a large multinational company; corporate finance; sales; and expertise in issues 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 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 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 has nominated Mr. Stoddart for election as a director because of his extensive experience in the advertising, marketing and communications industries, including in television, digital, social media and in print, and in building global brands and businesses. As the Chief Executive Officer of one of the largest advertising agencies, 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 knowledge, expertise and experience regarding branding and brand building, marketing strategy and marketing communications across media platforms, 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 for businesses building global content-driven brands.
Mary Beth West is Executive Vice President and Chief Customer and Marketing Officer for the J.C. Penney Company. Prior to joining J.C. Penney Company, Davis served for eighteen years at Mondelez and its predecessor Kraft Foods, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Category and Marketing Officer. She currently serves on the board of the Wallace Foundation and Off the Street Club. West previously served on the Board of J.C. Penney; The Goodman Theater; Kohl's Children Museum; and Junior Achievement.
The Board appointed Mary Beth in June 2016 because she is an experienced board member with strong marketing experience, especially with transformative businesses, as well as her proficiency in corporate governance.
Linda K. Zecher is the President and Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of directors, of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company, serving in those roles since 2011. Prior thereto, she was Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector of Microsoft Corporation from 2003 to 2011. Ms. Zecher has been a director of the Company since 2014.
The Board has nominated Ms. Zecher for election as a director because of her extensive experience in leading the transformation of businesses in the fields of digital publishing, digital learning, and online sales and marketing, as well as her expertise and skill in driving technological innovation and in leading content development and distribution across channels and platforms. The Board believes Ms. Zecher possesses knowledge, expertise and experience in unified analog and digital content development and distribution, in strategic planning and execution for businesses focused on global cross-platform content development and delivery, and expertise in digital brand building, online business development and in driving technological innovation.