In recognition of Hasbro's success under his leadership and the brand blueprint strategy, Mr. Goldner was elected to serve as chairman of the Company's Board of Directors in May 2015.
Mr. Goldner pioneered Hasbro's entry into entertainment, forming a joint venture with Discovery Communications to create a television network for kids and families, and orchestrating major deals with motion picture studios to create movies based on Hasbro's best-known brands. He has orchestrated major motion deals with famed production houses such as Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures, and served as an executive producer on many films, including the box office powerhouse TRANSFORMERS franchise.
Mr. Goldner has also been instrumental in formulating Hasbro's digital strategy, including digital gaming, marketing and e-commerce, as well as the Company's burgeoning consumer products business.
Since joining the company in 2000, Mr. Goldner has held a series of leadership positions of increasing responsibility. Prior to being named CEO, he served as Hasbro's Chief Operating Officer from 2006 to 2008.
Prior to joining Hasbro, Mr. Goldner held a number of management positions including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Bandai America, Worldwide Director in Charge of the LA office of J. Walter Thompson, and Vice President and Account Director in the Chicago office of Leo Burnett Advertising.
In addition to being a member of Hasbro's Board of Directors, Mr. Goldner serves on the Board of Directors for Gap Inc. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America and sits on the Board of Trustees at Moses Brown School in Providence, RI.
He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Executive Education Program at the Amos Tuck School.
Deborah Thomas leads Hasbro’s global corporate financial operations, including accounting and control, business planning and analysis, internal audit, treasury, tax, investor relations and other key financial disciplines. In addition to corporate finance, she oversees the Company’s global information technology organization.
Prior to her appointment in 2009 as Hasbro’s CFO, Ms. Thomas served as Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Finance for Hasbro. Ms. Thomas also served as the Company’s Corporate Controller and has held positions of increasing responsibility since joining Hasbro’s Finance Department in 1998.
Ms. Thomas has participated in the due diligence and acquisition teams for almost every major acquisition Hasbro has made. In addition to her role in corporate finance, Ms. Thomas is an active member of Hasbro’s Global Information Systems Steering Committee.
Prior to joining Hasbro, Ms. Thomas held Assurance positions at KPMG Peat Marwick, LLP from 1986 through 1998, in the United States and in the United Kingdom.
Ms. Thomas serves on the Boards of Directors of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., a leading theme park and entertainment company, and several local, not-for-profit groups in Rhode Island including: the Providence Ballet Theatre, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) and Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC). She also sits on the President’s Advisory Council of Providence College. Ms. Thomas was previously a board member of Dorcas Place, an adult literacy center based in Providence, Rhode Island. She is a member of the AICPA, the Rhode Island Society of CPA’s, and has on occasion advised to the Members in Industry sub-committee of the AICPA.
In 2010, Ms. Thomas was named the 2010 Citizen of the Year by the March of Dimes Rhode Island’s Board of Directors, in recognition for her work to advance the March of Dimes’ mission of improving infant health.
Ms. Thomas has a BS from Providence College, and is a CPA.
Duncan Billing is Hasbro's EVP and Chief Strategy Officer. Leveraging over 30 years of experience in general management, marketing, sales, brand development, product innovation and worldwide operations Billing is responsible for delivering new revenue streams, including new play and gaming platforms and brands that leverage Hasbro's strengths while continuing to lead the Company's global manufacturing, sourcing, supply chain and sustainability activities.
Prior to this position, Mr. Billing was Hasbro's EVP and Chief Development Officer leading global toy and game product development efforts and worldwide operations for Hasbro. Before this, he was Chief Marketing Officer of the U.S. Toy Business, leveraging his 20-plus years of consumer marketing experience, predominantly in the toy and game arena. During this time, Hasbro significantly grew its business in U.S. Toys through innovation across a strong portfolio of company-owned brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP and NERF, while simultaneously spearheading growth opportunities with key strategic partners for the Star Wars and Marvel brands.
Mr. Billing first joined Hasbro in 1988 as Group Director, Sales and Marketing, for its UK subsidiary. He later transferred to the U.S., where he held a number of senior-level positions, managing many of the company's world-class brands, including MY LITTLE PONY, TONKA, G.I. JOE, TRANSFORMERS and NERF, among others. In 2001, Mr. Billing became General Manager of Tiger Electronics in Chicago, which created and marketed highly successful toys such as FURBY and GIGA PETS.
He began his marketing career with Unilever in the UK and later joined Kenner Products, then part of the General Mills Toy Group, where he held roles of increasing responsibility in both Europe and the U.S. and managed highly successful brands, including STAR WARS, TRIVIAL PURSUIT and GHOSTBUSTERS.
Mr. Billing holds a Bachelor of Law (LLB) Undergraduate Degree from the University of Southampton, UK.
Stephen J. Davis is Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer for Hasbro, Inc. He is responsible for aligning Hasbro's storytelling with the transformative work of its teams to bring play to life around the world, including producing content and developing consumer products strategies that activate Hasbro's brands across multiple platforms. Mr. Davis oversees the Company's Los Angeles-based Hasbro Studios, the TV and digital content production and global distribution division; Allspark Pictures, the feature film division; Boulder Media, its wholly-owned, Dublin-based animation studio; and Cake Mix Studios, the in-house commercial production arm. Mr. Davis is also responsible for Hasbro's Global Consumer Products Licensing & Publishing division, which is focused on brand building and monetization for the more than 1,500 well-known brands that make up Hasbro's portfolio. He is also involved in managing Hasbro's interest in the Discovery Family Network. In January 2017, Mr. Davis was ranked among Fast Company's "Most Creative People in Business."
Under Mr. Davis' guidance, Hasbro's TV and film studio has expanded dramatically, developing and producing popular TV shows based on Hasbro's world-class brands. Content from the studio can be seen in over 190 territories around the world and have been nominated for numerous awards, including nine Daytime Emmys. Under its Allspark Pictures film label, Hasbro has produced JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS (UNIVERSAL); OUIJA 1 & 2 (UNIVERSAL); is in production on MY LITTLE PONY: THE ANIMATED FEATURE (LIONSGATE), TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT (PARAMOUNT) among others, in partnership with the major Hollywood studios. Mr. Davis has been instrumental in establishing Hasbro's joint venture with Paramount Pictures to create a cross-property onscreen film universe which features rich content from brands like G.I. Joe, Micronauts M.A.S.K. and Visionaries.
Prior to joining Hasbro, he was CEO of Family Entertainment Group LLC, which, under his direction, was engaged in the development, production, revitalization and distribution of family-oriented entertainment content. He joined the company from his post as President of Mobile and Online Media at the NASDAQ-listed digital media company, InfoSpace.
Before that, Mr. Davis served as President of Granada America, a unit of one of Europe's leading producers and broadcasters of quality television programming. During his tenure at Granada America, the company developed and produced award-winning and highly-rated reality, drama, kids and factual programming, and became at the time, the largest foreign-owned supplier of programming to the U.S. networks.
Mr. Davis took on his role at Granada America after serving as CEO and President of his two previous companies; Hamdon Entertainment and Carlton America respectively. Mr. Davis is a member of the Board of Directors of Discovery Family Network; the Hollywood Radio and Television Society (HRTS); the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Zimmer Children's Museum of Los Angeles. He is also a member of the Los Angeles Board of Governors of the Paley Center for Media. Mr. Davis is a Trustee of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and of Wilshire Boulevard Temple.
Tom Courtney is a 25-year veteran of Hasbro and serves as Executive Vice President, Global Operations.
In this position, Mr. Courtney is responsible for overseeing vendor relationships, product sourcing, product safety and quality, logistics and warehousing, supply chain planning, corporate real estate, global security and the development, design, operation, and improvement of the systems that make and deliver Hasbro's products.
Since joining Hasbro in 1992 as Assistant Controller - Games, Mr. Courtney has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, including VP Finance Games, SVP Finance North America, SVP Global Business Planning and Analysis and SVP & GM Global Operations.
In his prior role as SVP & GM Global Operations, Mr. Courtney led the successful turn around and sale of Hasbro's games manufacturing operations in Massachusetts and Ireland.
He began his career at Coopers & Lybrand in 1982, and in 1985, joined Brennan College Services as Corporate Controller. Mr. Courtney is a member of the Hasbro IT steering committee.
Mr. Courtney was the former greater Springfield chapter president and board member of the Financial Executive Institute and served on the boards of the Springfield Technical Community College Foundation and the YMCA of Greater Springfield. Mr. Courtney is currently a board member of the Providence Foundation.
Mr. Courtney has a BBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
As President of Hasbro, Inc., John Frascotti leads a global organization focused on creating and delivering the world's best play and entertainment experiences across Hasbro's Brand Blueprint, including toys and games, immersive entertainment experiences, digital gaming and consumer products.
Mr. Frascotti joined Hasbro in 2008 as Chief Marketing Officer and in 2014 became President of Hasbro Brands. During his tenure, he has played a critical role in the re-imagination and re-invention of Hasbro's world-class portfolio of brands, including TRANSFORMERS, NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP, MONOPOLY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and PLAY-DOH, in addition to Hasbro's Gaming Business, and its portfolio of Partner and Emerging Brands. His experience in brand building, digital marketing, consumer products, and entertainment has contributed to the expanded reach of these brands globally.
Mr. Frascotti is a member of the Board of Directors of Discovery Family Channel, a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications.
Mr. Frascotti is a member of the Board of Directors of Corus Entertainment in Toronto, Canada, and was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of top 5 most influential CMO's amongst the top 500 companies in Forbes Global 2000 Biggest Public Companies list. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Serious Fun Children's Network, a global network of camps for seriously ill children.
Before joining Hasbro, Mr. Frascotti served in several senior executive positions at Reebok International Ltd., including Senior Vice President of the Sport Division where he managed the company's largest global business segment, and also served as President and COO of myteam.com. Mr. Frascotti began his career in entertainment law working at leading law firms including Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp in Los Angeles and Palmer & Dodge in Boston.
Mr. Frascotti received his BA in Economics from Yale, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude, and his law degree, Cum Laude, from Harvard.
A 25-year veteran of Hasbro, Wiebe Tinga is responsible for the leadership, planning, direction and control of all commercial activities for Hasbro’s global operating markets. He reports directly to Brian Goldner, Hasbro’s Chief Executive Officer.
Prior to this position, Mr. Tinga held the role of President, North America Sales and Marketing. Under his leadership, he improved trade relationships, drove innovative marketing and improved the profitability of the U.S. and Canada segment. Prior to that, Mr. Tinga served as President, Asia Pacific/Latin America/Mexico Sales & Marketing. During this time, Hasbro’s market share, profitability and sales volume on its product lines within Hasbro Latin America and Asia Pacific, steadily improved, and secured important gains in key strategic markets, including Brazil and China.
Mr. Tinga’s career with Hasbro began in 1987, when he joined the marketing department at Hasbro Netherlands. During the next few years, Mr. Tinga assumed several positions of increasing responsibility in the Benelux (Belgium-Netherlands-Luxembourg) region, ultimately culminating in his appointment as General Manager of Hasbro Benelux in 1993. In 1995, he was promoted again to General Manager of Hasbro’s Northern and Central European Region.
Mr. Tinga is an advisory board member of Northeastern University’s Center for Emerging Markets. Throughout his tenure at Hasbro, he has been active in a variety of toy industry associations and non-profit organizations across the globe.
Mr. Tinga received his BS in Marketing and Advertising from the Higher Business School for Economic Studies in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Ms. Finigan is the Chief Legal Officer at Hasbro and is responsible for overseeing a 70-person Legal Department, with offices worldwide. Since joining the Company in 1991, Ms. Finigan has held a series of positions of increasing responsibility, including Senior Attorney, Managing Attorney and Vice President-Litigation, Employment and Compliance, ultimately culminating in her appointment as Chief Legal Officer & Secretary in 2010.
Prior to joining Hasbro, Ms. Finigan was in private practice as an associate with Brown Rudnick, Freed and Gesmer. She is admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.
Ms. Finigan is a graduate of Marquette University Law School, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from College of the Holy Cross. Also, she holds a certificate from the Executive Leadership Training Program at the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College.