Brian Goldner is responsible for conceptualizing and executing Hasbro's branded-play strategy through the global re-imagination, re-invention and re-ignition of Hasbro's world-class brand portfolio and the development of long-term relationships with strategic partners.
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 & game company to a branded-play company. In recognition of this dynamic transformation, Mr. Goldner was named the 2008 CEO of the Year by Marketwatch.
Today, Hasbro provides children and families around the world a wide-range of immersive offerings - toys and games, entertainment, digital games and lifestyle products - based on Hasbro's beloved brands.
In support of this branded play strategy, Mr. Goldner spearheaded the formation of a 50-50 joint venture with Discovery Communications to create The Hub, a new television network for kids and their families that launched on 10-10-10. He has actively led Hasbro's entry in movies, orchestrating major deals with Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Sony and Universal Studios to create motion pictures based on some of the Company's best-known brands. He serves as an Executive Producer on many of these films, including the box office powerhouse TRANSFORMERS franchise.
Mr. Goldner also has been instrumental in formulating the Company's digital strategy, highlighted by a long-term strategic alliance with Electronic Arts, Inc., and the development of the company's burgeoning lifestyle licensing business.
Since joining the Company in 2000, Mr. Goldner has held a series of leadership positions of increasing responsibility. Prior to being named Chief Executive Officer, he served as Hasbro's Chief Operating Officer, and was a key force in transitioning Hasbro into one of the industry's most successful and profitable companies.
In addition to being a member of Hasbro's Board of Directors and The Hub's Board of Directors, Mr. Goldner sits on the board of the Molson Coors Brewing Company. He also serves on the board of The Miriam Hospital and The Rhode Island Hospital, both in Providence, RI. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America and sits on the Board of Trustees at Moses Brown School in Providence, RI.
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.
He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Executive Education Program at the Amos Tuck School.
As a 30-year veteran of Hasbro, David Hargreaves has been instrumental in growing Hasbro from a smaller toy and game manufacturer to a global branded play company, and a top provider of a vast array of immersive offerings in entertainment, digital games and lifestyle products – all based on Hasbro’s beloved brands.
As Hasbro seeks to strengthen its capabilities beyond toys and games, delving deeper into digital gaming, immersive entertainment experiences and lifestyle licensing, Mr. Hargreaves was appointed Hasbro’s Executive Vice President Chief Strategy Officer in February 2013. In this newly created position, Mr. Hargreaves will leverage his proven financial acumen and widespread business relationships to drive profitable growth against the backdrop of a rapidly changing global business environment.
Mr. Hargreaves joined Hasbro in 1982 when the company reported $138 million in revenues and has held several positions within finance and operations, being appointed CFO in 2001 and COO in 2008. As CFO from 2001 to 2008, Hasbro substantially improved its profitability, strengthened its balance sheet, and undertook several strategic initiatives to expand the reach of the Company’s brands into digital gaming, movies and television. Mr. Hargreaves helped orchestrate the formation of a 50-50 joint venture with Discovery Communications to create The Hub, a new television network for kids and their families that launched on 10-10-10. Mr. Hargreaves serves on the Board of Directors of The Hub.
Prior to joining Hasbro, Mr. Hargreaves worked in the automotive industry with Ford of Europe where he held a number of positions in finance and strategic planning, and in finance with DeLorean Motor Cars Limited.
Mr. Hargreaves sits on the executive committee of the Board of Directors for the Toy Industry Association. He is involved with a number of non-profit organizations and has been a board member of the Kent County YMCA and Capital City Community Centers.
Mr. Hargreaves obtained his BA in Business from the University of East London, and undertook post-graduate business studies at the University of Warwick Business School.
Deborah Thomas leads Hasbro’s global financial operations, including accounting and control, business planning and analysis, internal audit, treasury, tax, investor relations and other key financial disciplines.
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 responsible for leading Hasbro's worldwide product development efforts and IP strategy. Mr. Billing plays an instrumental role in spearheading an innovative and integrated global IP and product development strategy that centers on opportunities to re-imagine, re-invent and re-ignite Hasbro's unmatched brand portfolio – along with the creation of all-new brands and products designed to provide immersive brand experiences to consumers around the world.
Prior to assuming the role of Chief Development Officer in 2007, Mr. Billing was Hasbro's Chief Marketing Officer of U.S. Toys Brands, 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 licensing growth opportunities with Star Wars and Marvel.
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.
John Frascotti is responsible for leading Hasbro's global marketing and merchandising efforts and growing its vast portfolio of brands through the development of immersive brand experiences. As CMO of Hasbro since 2008, Mr. Frascotti has lead the re-imagination, re-invention and re-ignition of Hasbro's world-class brand portfolio including TRANSFORMERS, NERF, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP, and hundreds of other brands in the company's portfolio.
Before joining Hasbro, Mr. Frascotti was Senior Vice President of the Sport Division at Reebok International Ltd., where he managed the company's largest global business segment. He began his career at Reebok in 1989 as an attorney and in 1990 moved to the product and marketing side of business. Mr. Frascotti held several senior executive positions throughout his career at Reebok including Senior Vice President of the Fitness Division, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Licensing and Vice President, Global Sports and Entertainment Marketing.
Prior to his tenure at Reebok, Mr. Frascotti began his career in entertainment law working at top law firms including Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp in Los Angeles and Palmer & Dodge in Boston.
Mr. Frascotti received his BA in Economics from Yale and his law degree 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.