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 joint venture with Discovery Communications to create a television network for kids and their families, today this is known as Discovery Family. 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, 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.
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 Global Operations and Business Development 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.
As President of Hasbro Brands, John Frascotti is responsible for leading Hasbro’s product design and development; global marketing and merchandising; digital gaming; and entertainment and licensing initiatives, while developing Hasbro’s vast portfolio of brands through immersive brand experiences across multiple platforms.
As Hasbro’s Chief Marketing Officer from 2008 to 2014, Mr. Frascotti lead the re-imagination and re-invention of Hasbro’s world-class portfolio of Franchise Brands including TRANSFORMERS, NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and PLAY-DOH in addition to numerous other brands in the company’s portfolio. His experience in brand building, brand marketing, digital marketing, and entertainment to has contributed to expanding the reach of these brands globally.
Under Mr. Frascotti’s leadership, Hasbro’s global marketing teams have transformed from a traditional toy and game manufacturer to a global branded play organization, with significant brand engagement across a multitude of platforms, including film, television, digital gaming and lifestyle licensing.
Mr. Frascotti a member of the Board of Directors of Discovery Family Channel, a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications. Mr. Frascotti also is a member of the Board of Directors of Backflip Studios, a digital gaming company located in Boulder, Colorado, of which Hasbro owns 70%.
Before joining Hasbro, Mr. Frascotti was Senior Vice President of the Sport Division at Reebok International Ltd. from 2005-2008, where he managed the company’s largest global business segment. From 1990 to 1999 and from 2002 to 2008, Mr. Frascotti served in several senior executive positions at Reebok, including Senior Vice President of the Fitness Division; Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Licensing; and Vice President, Global Sports and Entertainment Marketing. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Frascotti served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Myteam.com, a venture backed internet startup focused on youth sports.
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 also is a member of the Board of Directors of Corus Entertainment in Toronto, Canada, and was recently 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.
Mr. Frascotti received his BA in Economics from Yale, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude, 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.
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.