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: 55

     

    Brian D. Goldner has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Hasbro, Inc. since 2008, and additionally has served as the Chairman of the Board since May 2015. In addition to being Chief Executive Officer, from 2008 to 2016 Mr. Goldner was also the President of Hasbro. Prior to 2008, Mr. Goldner served as the Chief Operating Officer of Hasbro from 2006 to 2008 and as President, U.S. Toys Segment from 2003 to 2006. Prior to joining Hasbro in 2000, Mr. Goldner held a number of management positions in the family entertainment and advertising industries, including as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Bandai America, Worldwide Director in charge of the Los Angeles Office of J. Walter Thompson and as a Vice President and Account Director of Leo Burnett Advertising.

     

    The Board has nominated Mr. Goldner for election as a director because of the fundamental role he has played and continues to play in the transformation of Hasbro’s business globally and in successfully formulating and executing the Company’s strategy, including its expansion into new geographies and new categories. Mr. Goldner is the chief architect of the Company’s Brand Blueprint and has led the Company’s transformation from a traditional toy and game manufacturer into a global play and entertainment leader. Under Mr. Goldner’s leadership, Hasbro brands are more pervasive, more global, and more inclusive than ever before. Today, Hasbro brands are activated globally across toy and game, digital gaming, consumer products, esports, omnichannel content, publishing, music, and many more categories. Mr. Goldner has also evolved the Company’s retail strategy, and Hasbro is leading the industry in omni-channel retail activation and eCommerce growth. Mr. Goldner pioneered Hasbro’s entry into entertainment and oversees the Company’s omni-channel storytelling. Through its film labels, Allspark Pictures and Allspark Entertainment, its animation studio, Boulder Media, its in-house creative agency, Cake Mix Studios, and a co-production and distribution partnership with Paramount Pictures, Hasbro delivers stories across all content platforms. Mr. Goldner has also led the Company’s digital-first approach, engaging consumers in content to commerce solutions across multiple platforms. Hasbro successfully manages licenses with some of the most valuable properties in the industry, including Marvel, Star Wars, Disney Princess and Disney Frozen with The Walt Disney Company, Universal Dreamworks Trolls, Sesame Street and Beyblade. Under Mr. Goldner’s leadership, the company has also forged important relationships with trending properties that have a massive global fan base, such as Fortnite and Overwatch. Hasbro’s targeted fan strategy, centered on direct-to-consumer content and commerce solutions, has deepened engagement among global audiences and delivered incremental growth across some of Hasbro’s most beloved brands. Mr. Goldner led the Company’s recent acquisition of Saban Brands and is driving the Brand Blueprint activation of Power Rangers to maximize the opportunity surrounding that brand.

     

    Mr. Goldner possesses knowledge, expertise and experience regarding strategic and operational planning and execution in global brand and entertainment industries. He has driven immersive play offerings and used storytelling to build global consumer franchises. His expertise in recognizing the industry’s trends and challenges, expertise in the media and entertainment industries, and experience in marketing, product and brand development have been paramount in developing the framework for creating multi-faceted brand experiences for fans, families, kids and audiences around the world.

     

    Mr. Goldner also serves as an officer and/or director of a number of the Company’s subsidiaries at the request and convenience of the Company.

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    Chairman of the Board
  • Edward Philip

    Edward M. Philip

    Retired Chief Operating Officer

    Partners in Health

    Edward M. Philip

    Retired Chief Operating Officer

    Partners in Health

    Age: 53

     

    Edward M. Philip served as the Chief Operating Officer of Partners in Health (a non-profit healthcare organization) from January 2013 to March 2017. In addition, Mr. Philip was a Special Partner at Highland Consumer Fund (consumer-oriented private equity fund), serving in this role from 2013 to 2017. He served as Managing General Partner at Highland Consumer Fund from 2006 to 2013. 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 prior to that he 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.

     

    The Board has nominated Mr. Philip for election as a director because of his more than 25 years of business and management experience, including 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, as well as in managing teams responding to complex and critical international issues. Mr. Philip possesses expertise regarding internet and technology-based industries, the use of the internet and digital media for building businesses, expertise in strategic planning and execution in complex global organizations, expertise in consumer trends and in the family entertainment industry, corporate finance, financial reporting and accounting matters for large multinational public companies, as well as in the operation and management of large multinational organizations.

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    Former Public Company Boards Held in the Past Five Years

    • None

    Independent Director
    Lead Director
  • Kenneth Bronfin

    Kenneth A. Bronfin

    Senior Managing Director

    Hearst Ventures

    Kenneth A. Bronfin

    Senior Managing Director

    Hearst Ventures

    Age: 59

     

    Kenneth A. Bronfin is Senior Managing Director of Hearst Ventures (the strategic investment division of diversified media, information and services company Hearst Corporation), serving in this role since 2013. Prior thereto, he was President of Hearst Interactive Media since 2002. Prior thereto, Mr. Bronfin was Deputy Group Head of Hearst Interactive Media since 1996.

     

    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, as well as his experience in strategic planning and corporate finance. Mr. Bronfin’s experience includes serving in a number of executive positions where he was in charge of interactive media and digital businesses and where he led new business ventures, strategic investments and acquisitions in the digital content and media industries. Mr. Bronfin has experience serving on private and public company boards of directors. Mr. Bronfin possesses substantial knowledge, expertise and experience, including operations and business planning experience, in the media, digital products and digital services industries, including expertise in international media, advertising, marketing, and analyzing and anticipating consumer trends.

    Other Current Public Company Boards

    • None

    Former Public Company Boards Held in the Past Five Years

    • None

    Independent Director
  • Michael  Burns

    Michael Burns

    Vice Chairman

    Lionsgate Entertainment

    Michael Burns

    Vice Chairman

    Lionsgate Entertainment

    Age: 60

     

    Michael R. Burns is the Vice Chairman and a member of the board of directors of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (a global entertainment company with significant motion picture and television operations), serving in this role since 2000. Lions Gate acquired Starz in December 2016. From 1991 to 2000, Mr. Burns was the Managing Director and Head of the Los Angeles Investment Banking Office of Prudential Securities Inc.

     

    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 and immersive entertainment across platforms to build global entertainment franchises, in the entertainment industry, including operating and financial expertise in motion picture and television development, production, financing, marketing, distribution and monetization, and expertise in strategic planning for, investing in and building content and entertainment-driven multi-platform businesses. Mr. Burns also possesses expertise in investment banking, corporate finance, and international business.

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    Former Public Company Boards Held in the Past Five Years

    • None

    Independent Director
  • Hope Cochran

    Hope Cochran

    Managing Director

    Madrona Venture Group

    Hope Cochran

    Managing Director

    Madrona Venture Group

    Age: 47

     

    Hope Cochran is a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group (a technology-focused venture capital group). Prior to joining Madrona in January 2017, Ms. Cochran was the Chief Financial Officer of King Digital Entertainment from 2013 to 2016. From 2005 to 2013, Ms. Cochran was the Chief Financial Officer for Clearwire, Inc.

     

    The Board has nominated Ms. Cochran for election as a director because of her extensive experience spanning more than 20 years as a senior financial executive in the digital gaming and telecom industries, her knowledge of how to develop digital content businesses, her expertise in managing global teams, and her talent in managing, growing and overseeing global businesses. Ms. Cochran also possesses international business expertise, substantial experience as a public company chief financial officer, and expertise in financial and accounting issues for large public companies. The Board has determined that Ms. Cochran qualifies as an Audit Committee Financial Expert due to her prior experience, including as a Chief Financial Officer of public companies.

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    Former Public Company Boards Held in the Past Five Years

    • None

    Independent Director
  • Crispin Davis

    Sir Crispin Davis

    Retired Chief Executive Officer

    Reed Elsevier, PLC

    Sir Crispin Davis

    Retired Chief Executive Officer

    Reed Elsevier, PLC

    Age: 70

    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).

    The Board has nominated Sir Davis for election as a director because of his experience and success 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.

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    Former Public Company Boards Held in the Past Five Years

    • None

    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: 58

     

    John A. Frascotti has served as President and Chief Operating Officer and a Director of the Board of Hasbro, Inc. since August 2018. Mr. Frascotti is responsible for leading 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. Prior to his current position, Mr. Frascotti held the positions of President, Hasbro, Inc. from 2017 until August 2018, President, Hasbro Brands from 2014 to 2017, and Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer from 2008 to 2014. Before joining Hasbro in 2008, Mr. Frascotti served as a Senior Vice President of Sports Division at Reebok International, Ltd. and in a number of other senior marketing and licensing positions with Reebok. Mr. Frascotti also practiced law in Los Angeles at Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp and in Boston at Palmer & Dodge. Mr. Frascotti serves as an officer and/or director of a number of Hasbro subsidiaries and joint ventures at the request and convenience of the Company, including as a member of the Board of Discovery Family Channel, a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications. He also serves as the Chair of Hasbro’s IP Security Committee and is a member of Hasbro’s Global Information Systems Steering Committee.

     

    The Board has nominated Mr. Frascotti for election as a director because of his extensive knowledge, expertise and leadership in marketing, brand management, licensing, acquisitions and other strategic transactions, global operations, and talent development. He has played and continues to play a critical role in the re-imagination and re-invention of key Hasbro 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. Mr. Frascotti’s experience and strategic insights into brand building, digital marketing, consumer products, and entertainment have greatly contributed to the expanded global reach of Hasbro’s brands. He was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of top 5 most influential CMO’s among the top 500 companies in Forbes Global 2000 Biggest Public Companies list. In his role as a director of Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian public company focused on creating and delivering high quality brands and content for audiences around the world, Mr. Frascotti has gained further experience and insights in media and content delivery. Outside of the play, media and entertainment industry, Mr. Frascotti gives back to the community through this service on the Board of Directors of the Serious Fun Children’s Network, a non-profit global network of camps for seriously ill children, and the advisory board of 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.

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    Former Public Company Boards Held in the Past Five Years

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    • Lisa Gersh

      Lisa Gersh

      Former Chief Executive Officer

      Alexander Wang

      Lisa Gersh

      Former Chief Executive Officer

      Alexander Wang

      Age: 60

       

      Lisa Gersh served as the Chief Executive Officer of Alexander Wang (a global fashion brand) from October 2017 to October 2018. Ms. Gersh served as the Chief Executive Officer of Goop, Inc. (lifestyle publication curated by Gwyneth Paltrow) from 2014 to 2016. Ms. Gersh served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (integrated media and merchandising company) from 2012 to 2013. Prior thereto, she served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. from 2011 to 2012. Ms. Gersh served as a director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. from 2011 to 2013.

       

      The Board has nominated Ms. Gersh for election 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 Alexander Wang, Chief Executive Officer of Goop, Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and President of Oxygen Media. Ms. Gersh possesses expertise in business and strategic planning, expertise in the media, retail, brand driven and entertainment industries, including the cable television and digital industries, and expertise in marketing and branding, media trends and in building global brand-driven businesses. The Board has determined that Ms. Gersh qualifies as an Audit Committee Financial Expert due to her prior experience, including her service on public company audit committees and experience as the Chief Executive Officer overseeing Chief Financial Officers of a public company.

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      Independent Director
    • Alan Hassenfeld

      Alan G. Hassenfeld

      Retired Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

      Hasbro, Inc.

      Alan G. Hassenfeld

      Retired Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

      Hasbro, Inc.

      Age: 70

       

      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 is co-chairman of the Governing Body of the International Council of Toy Industries CARE Process, Chairman of the Jerusalem Foundation, and Co-Chair of the International Business School at Brandeis University.

       

      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 and expertise in the competitive and financial positioning of the Company and its business.

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      Former Public Company Boards Held in the Past Five Years

      • None

      Independent Director
    • Tracy Leinbach

      Tracy A. Leinbach

      Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

      Ryder System, Inc.

      Tracy A. Leinbach

      Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

      Ryder System, Inc.

      Age: 59

       

      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.

       

      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 led 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 PricewaterhouseCoopers in public accounting and was a CPA.

       

      The Board believes Ms. Leinbach possesses 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.).

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      Former Public Company Boards Held in the Past Five Years

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      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: 56

       

      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.

       

      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, point-of-sale, packaging and in print, and in building global brands and businesses. As the Chief Executive Officer of InnerWorkings, the largest global marketing execution company, Mr. Stoddart is recognized for his strategic and commercial leadership of the company, investor and analyst communications, and financial stewardship as well as his expertise in all facets of marketing execution and marketing supply chain management. In his prior role as Chief Executive Officer of one of the world’s largest advertising agencies, Mr. Stoddard 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. The Board believes Mr. Stoddart possesses knowledge, expertise and experience regarding branding and brand building, marketing and marketing strategy across media platforms, including in traditional advertising, digital advertising and social media; expertise in media planning, launching branded content and products; expertise in marketing production, logistics and execution; and expertise in media trends and strategic planning for businesses building content-driven brands.

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      Former Public Company Boards Held in the Past Five Years

      • None

      Independent Director
    • Mary Beth West

      Mary Beth West

      Senior Vice President and Chief Growth Officer

      The Hershey Company

      Mary Beth West

      Senior Vice President and Chief Growth Officer

      The Hershey Company

      Age: 56

       

      Mary Beth West is the Senior Vice President, Chief Growth Officer of The Hershey Company, serving in that role since May 2017. Ms. West served as Executive Vice President, Chief Customer & Marketing Officer of J.C. Penney Company from 2015 through March 2017. From 2012 to 2014 she was the Executive Vice President, Chief Category & Marketing Officer for Mondelez International, Inc. Prior thereto, she served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Kraft Foods, Inc. from 1986 to 2012.

       

      The Board has nominated Ms. West for election as a director because of her extensive experience and expertise in marketing, brand building, managing global franchises, understanding and applying consumer insights, and in developing compelling retail and sales experiences. Ms. West also possesses expertise in strategic and operational planning and execution, skill in managing global teams and a proven track record in delivering top tier consumer experiences and in building global brands.

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      Independent Director
    • Linda Zecher

      Linda K. Zecher

      Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner

      The Barkley Group

      Linda K. Zecher

      Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner

      The Barkley Group

      Age: 65

       

      Linda K. Zecher is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of the Barkley Group (consulting firm focused on effective digital transformation), serving in those roles since January 2017. Prior to that, Ms. Zecher served as the President and Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors, of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company, from 2011 to 2016. Prior thereto, she was Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector of Microsoft Corporation from 2003 to 2011.

       

      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. Ms. Zecher possesses 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. The Board has determined that Ms. Zecher qualifies as an Audit Committee Financial Expert due to her prior experience, including service on public company audit committees and as the Chief Executive Officer, overseeing the Chief Financial Officer, of a public company.

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      Former Public Company Boards Held in the Past Five Years

      • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

      Independent Director