Rita Viola departs and Naomi Sheahan joins Haven from The Walt Disney Company EMEA, while Daniel Iuele leads a staffed up Haven/VIMN creative team.
Constant evolution and development of its business is one of Haven Global’s ongoing priorities, and to this end, managing director Tom Punch has announced changes to the team's leadership to ensure Haven can continue to support its key strategic partner Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) in its growth and development.
“With VIMN, and especially the huge Nickelodeon portfolio within that, we have one of the world’s fastest growing and progressive licensors. They are delivering amazing content, developing multiple key shows, new channels for content delivery, new brands, new creative, new movies and more, and are at the forefront of global kids Licensors.
“Haven’s role in this evolution is to maintain world’s best practice in the delivery and execution of our Licensing programs, and how they are developed. Now we’ve taken important steps to further advance that structure.
Effective immediately, Naomi Sheahan has joined the Haven team as business development manager for the VIMN business.
Sheahan, an Australian, comes to Haven from The Walt Disney Company EMEA, where she held significant portfolios for Disney overseeing large segments of the Marvel toy business, and before that large segments of the Disney Frozen business. Working across retail, marketing, brand strategy, she was instrumental in exceeding target growth and business growth and in driving those programs.
Prior to that she worked for Mattel as the brand manager for Barbie, consistently exceeding growth targets and market share for her portfolio.
“We have no doubt will settle in to become a part of the Haven team and a big asset for our business. She will report into Yvonne [Hinch] and myself, and we welcome her to the Haven family,” Punch said.
In addition, the company has staffed up the Haven/VIMN creative team under the leadership of Daniel Iuele, to ensure that with this business growth, its creative delivery to its partners remains “best-in-class”.
Punch said that the move was partly prompted by the decision by Rita Viola, business manager for the Nick business to take a break, after 17 years with Haven and 30 years in the industry.
“Rita has been a tremendous asset to the Haven – personally and professionally. Under Rita’s leadership, the VIMN Consumer Products team delivered amazing revenue growth, as she successful saw the launch and build of Paw Patrol, Jojo Siwa, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and much more.
“For years she ran Haven’s promotional division, has worked on every brand under the sun, all with a smile and a laugh, and the occasional tap-dance! She has an outstanding reputation with clients for her honesty, integrity and passion, and she leaves with our respect and best wishes. She is a one-of-a-kind, and I’m grateful to Rita for her contribution to the business,” Punch said.