Board of Directors

  • Brian Goldner

    Brian D. Goldner

    Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

    Hasbro, Inc.

    Brian D. Goldner

    Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

    Hasbro, Inc.

    Age: 54

     

    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. Hasbro brands are stronger, more inclusive and more pervasive than ever before.

     

    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 2017 animated feature MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE.

     

    During his tenure, Mr. Goldner has been strategically expanding Hasbro’s capabilities around the Brand Blueprint – a strategy that in 2016, helped Hasbro pass the $5B revenue mark for the first time in company history. In 2016, he led the acquisition of Boulder Media, a leading animation studio in Ireland, and also oversaw the purchase of Backflip Studios, a mobile gaming company based in Colorado.

     

    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 ranked No. 5 on the 100 Best Corporate Citizens list for 2018 by CR Magazine, and was recognized as a 2018 World's Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices.

     

    Prior to assuming his role as CEO, Mr. Goldner served in a number of leadership positions, most recently as chief operating officer from 2006-2008.

     

    Before joining Hasbro, Mr. Goldner held several senior 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, to which he was elected in 2015, Mr. Goldner serves on the board of directors for Gap Inc., and is a member of the Producers Guild of America.

     

    He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Executive Education Program at the Amos Tuck School.

    Chairman of the Board
  • Edward Philip

    Edward M. Philip

    Retired Chief Operating Officer

    Partners in Health Retired | Special Partner | Highland Consumer Fund

    Edward M. Philip

    Retired Chief Operating Officer

    Partners in Health Retired | Special Partner | Highland Consumer Fund

    Age: 52

     

    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.

    Independent Director
    Lead Director
  • Kenneth Bronfin

    Kenneth A. Bronfin

    Senior Managing Director

    Hearst Ventures

    Kenneth A. Bronfin

    Senior Managing Director

    Hearst Ventures

    Age: 58

     

    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.

    Independent Director
  • Michael  Burns

    Michael Burns

    Vice Chairman

    Lionsgate

    Michael Burns

    Vice Chairman

    Lionsgate

    Age: 59

     

    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.

    Independent Director
  • Hope Cochran

    Hope Cochran

    Venture Partner

    Madrona Venture Group

    Hope Cochran

    Venture Partner

    Madrona Venture Group

    Age: 46

     

    Hope Cochran is a 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.

    Independent Director
  • Crispin Davis

    Crispin Davis

    Retired Chief Executive Officer

    Reed Elsevier

    Crispin Davis

    Retired Chief Executive Officer

    Reed Elsevier

    Age: 69

    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.

    Independent Director
  • John A. Frascotti

    John A. Frascotti

    President and Chief Operating Officer

    Hasbro, Inc.

    John A. Frascotti

    President and Chief Operating Officer

    Hasbro, Inc.

    Age: 57

     

    As President and Chief Operating Officer 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, became President of Hasbro Brands in 2014, and became President of Hasbro in 2017. In 2018, he was also named Chief Operating Officer, and was added to Hasbro’s Board of Directors.

     

    Mr. Frascotti is a member of the Board of Directors of Discovery Family Channel, a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications.

     

    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, BABY ALIVE, 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.

     

    In addition to serving on Hasbro’s Board of Directors, Mr. Frascotti is a member of the Board of Directors of Discovery Family Channel, a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications. He also is the chairman of Hasbro’s IP Security Committee and a member of Hasbro’s Global Information Systems Steering Committee.

     

    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, and the Advisory Board for Newman’s Own, which provides high-level advice and assistance on strategic matters to both Newman’s Own Foundation and the food company, Newman’s Own, Inc.

     

    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.

    • Lisa Gersh

      Lisa Gersh

      Retired Chief Executive Officer

      Alexander Wang

      Lisa Gersh

      Retired Chief Executive Officer

      Alexander Wang

      Age: 59

       

      Lisa Gersh served as the Chief Executive Officer of Alexander Wang (a fashion apparel and accessory brand) from 2017-2018. Prior to joining Alexander Wang, Lisa served as the Chief Executive Officer of Goop, Inc. (a lifestyle brand founded by Gwyneth Paltrow). From June of 2011 until March of 2013, Ms. Gersh served first as President and then Chief Executive Officer of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (an integrated media and merchandising company). Ms. Gersh served as the President of Strategic Initiatives at NBC Universal from 2007 until January 2011. Ms. Gersh was the co-founder of Oxygen Media which she started in 1998 and served as President until it was sold to NBC Universal in 2007. During her tenure at Oxygen, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Goop, Ms. Gersh was a member of the Board.

       

      The Board nominated Ms. Gersh for election in 2010 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.

      Independent Director
    • Alan Hassenfeld

      Alan G. Hassenfeld

      Retired Chairman and CEO

      Hasbro, Inc.

      Alan G. Hassenfeld

      Retired Chairman and CEO

      Hasbro, Inc.

      Age: 69

       

      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.

      Independent Director
    • Tracy Leinbach

      Tracy Leinbach

      Retired EVP and CFO

      Ryder System, Inc.

      Tracy Leinbach

      Retired EVP and CFO

      Ryder System, Inc.

      Age: 58

       

      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.).

      Independent Director
    • Richard Stoddart

      Richard S. Stoddart

      President and Chief Executive Officer

      InnerWorkings, Inc.

      Richard S. Stoddart

      President and Chief Executive Officer

      InnerWorkings, Inc.

      Age: 55

       

      Richard S. Stoddart is the President and Chief Executive Officer of InnerWorkings, Inc. (global marketing execution firm), serving in that role since 2017. Mr. Stoddart was the Chief Executive Officer of Leo Burnett Worldwide from February 2016 to 2017, the Chief Executive Officer of Leo Burnett North America from 2013 to 2016 and the President of Leo Burnett North America from 2005 to 2013. Mr. Stoddart has been a director of the Company since 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 was 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. Mr. Stoddart possesses expertise and experience in branding and brand building, marketing strategy and marketing communications across media platforms, including in traditional advertising, digital advertising and social media, media planning, launching branded content and products, and expertise in media trends and strategic planning for businesses building global content-driven brands. The Board has determined that Mr. Stoddart qualifies as an Audit Committee Financial Expert due to his prior experience, including service on public company audit committees and as the Chief Executive Officer, overseeing the Chief Financial Officer, of a public company.

      Independent Director
    • Mary Beth West

      Mary Beth West

      Chief Growth Officer

      The Hershey Company

      Mary Beth West

      Chief Growth Officer

      The Hershey Company

      Age: 55

       

      Mary Beth West is Chief Growth Officer for The Hershey Company. Prior to joining Hershey, Ms. West was Executive Vice President and Chief Customer and Marketing Officer for the J.C. Penney Company. Prior to joining J.C. Penney Company, West served for twenty eight 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 Marcy Ships. West previously served on the Board of J.C. Penney; The Goodman Theater; Kohl's Children Museum; and Off the Street Club.

       

      The Board appointed Mary Beth as a director in 2016 because of her extensive experience and expertise in marketing, brand building, managing global franchises, understanding and applying consumer insights, developing retail and sales experiences, skill in managing teams and proven perspective in delivering top tier consumer experiences.

      Independent Director
    • Linda Zecher

      Linda Zecher

      Managing Director and CEO

      The Barkley Group

      Linda Zecher

      Managing Director and CEO

      The Barkley Group

      Age: 64

       

      Linda K. Zecher is currently the Managing Director and CEO of the Barkley Group, a boutique consulting firm. She was 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. 

      Independent Director