The primary purpose of the Executive Committee (the "Committee") of Hasbro, Inc. (the "Company") is to act as specifically assigned by the Board on behalf of the full Board between Board meetings, or when it is otherwise impracticable for the full Board to act, and to perform such other functions as are assigned to it by the Board from time to time. The Committee is vested with all of the powers that are held by the Board, except for such powers as the Committee is not authorized to exercise by applicable legal and other requirements, or which the Board otherwise restricts the Committee from exercising from time to time.
In discharging its role, the Committee is empowered to investigate any matter with full access to all books, records, facilities and personnel of the Company and the power to retain outside counsel or other experts for this purpose.
The Committee shall review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter on an annual basis.
The Committee shall be comprised of not less than three members of the Board. The Committee's composition will meet any applicable legal or other requirements.
Committee members shall be appointed and removed by the Board, which shall designate the Committee Chair, who shall preside over meetings of the Committee. A majority of the members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum for doing business. All actions of the Committee shall be taken by a majority vote of the members of the Committee present, or participating by conference telephone or similar communications equipment, at the meeting, provided a quorum is present.
The Committee shall hold meetings as circumstances dictate and as authorized by the full Board. To the extent the Committee believes it to be appropriate or advisable, it shall meet in executive sessions, without management present. Action may be taken by the Committee without a meeting if all of the members of the Committee indicate their approval thereof in writing. The Committee shall report regularly to the Board.
The The primary purpose of the Committee is to act as specifically assigned by the Board on behalf of the full Board between Board meetings or when it is otherwise impracticable for the full Board to do so, and to perform such other functions as are assigned to it by the Board from time to time. The Committee shall have and may exercise all power of the Board in the management of the business and affairs of the Company, provided, however, that the Committee may not exercise the power of the Board with respect to:
Each member of the Committee shall be entitled to rely on (i) the integrity of those persons and organizations within and outside the Company that it receives information from, and (ii) the accuracy of the financial and other information provided to the Committee by such persons or organizations absent actual knowledge to the contrary (which shall be promptly reported to the Board). The Committee has the authority to retain legal or other experts that it determines to be necessary to carry out its duties. It also has authority to determine compensation for such advisors.
The Committee shall also perform any other activities consistent with the Articles of Incorporation and By-laws of the Company and other governing laws as the Board shall deem appropriate.
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.
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.
Hope Cochran is a joint venture partner at Madrona Venture Group in Seattle, WA. Prior to joining Madrona, Cochran served as the Chief Financial Officer of King Digital and 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 is on the Board of MongoDB and previously served on the Board of 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.
As Chairman and CEO of Hasbro, Inc., Brian Goldner is responsible for bringing the company’s iconic brands to life across its strategic Brand Blueprint, through toy and game innovation, immersive entertainment experiences, digital gaming and consumer products.
Since joining Hasbro in 2000 and taking on the role of CEO in 2008, Mr. Goldner has been instrumental in transforming Hasbro from a traditional toy and game company to a global play and entertainment leader. In 2016, Hasbro passed the $5B revenue mark for the first time in company history.
Mr. Goldner pioneered Hasbro’s entry into entertainment and oversees the company’s omni-channel storytelling. He has served as an executive producer on a number of films based on Hasbro brands, including the wildly-successful TRANSFORMERS films and the upcoming animated feature MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE.
Mr. Goldner is actively involved in driving corporate and community initiatives to fulfill Hasbro’s purpose, to make the world a better place for children and their families. Hasbro recently ranked among the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the sixth consecutive year.
In addition to being a member of Hasbro's board of directors, Mr. Goldner serves on the board of directors for Gap Inc., and is a member of the Producers Guild of America.
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. 'Ted' Philip served as a Special Partner at Highland Consumer Fund, a consumer oriented private equity fund, serving in this role from 2013-2017. Previously, he served as Managing General Partner at Highland Consumer Fund from 2006 to 2013. In addition, Mr. Philip was Chief Operating Officer at Partners in Health until his retirement in 2017. 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 and 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 spent a number of years in investment banking. He is a director of BRP Inc. and United Continental Holdings, 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.