• Natasha Crookes.
    Natasha Crookes.
  • Lisa Weger.
    Lisa Weger.
  • Anthony Grimaud.
    Anthony Grimaud.


Mattel has appointed Lisa Weger as the new head of regional consumer products in Europe.


Weger comes from Turner Kids in New York where she was head of franchise management visual branding and licensing, but will be based in the UK with Mattel.


“Lisa will infuse tremendous energy, strategic expertise and a challenger mindset into our consumer products business, we are delighted to be welcoming her to the team,” Sanjay Luthra, managing director at Mattel Europe said.


Weger has previously worked for Mattel in Canada and Latin America, leading the licensing division.



 Lisa Weger



The Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association (LIMA) elected three new members to its board of directors last week.


Cindy Levitt was elected chairperson of the board, while Jay Asher was appointed vice chairman and JJ Ahearn was voted board designate to the executive committee.


Levitt is the senior vice president of licensing at Hot Topic, BoxLunch and Her Universe and succeeds Ciarán Coyle of Electrolux global marketing who has completed two years in the role.


Asher, partner at Brandgenuity and Ahearn, managing director of Licensing Street LLC will both serve one-year terms on the board.


The LIMA membership also elected six new people to the board; Liza Abrams, senior vice president global licensing and marketing, Sakar International; Naz Amarchi-Cuevas, head of licensing, SYBO Games; Sam Ferguson, vice president global licensing, Jazwares; Bill Patterson, vice president, OpSec Security, Inc; Jason Sutton, vice president of licensing, Polaroid; and, Takanori Ueno general manager, licensing department for Laura Ashley Japan Co. Ltd.


Our newest additions to the LIMA Board are a stellar group of executives who truly reflect licensing as a global industry,” Charles Riotto, LIMA President said. “These vibrant leaders will be integral in helping our Association and the industry as a whole to continue achieving worldwide growth.”




Canal Toys

Anthony Grimaud has scored a top-job at Canal Toys UK, stepping in as the new CEO of the company.


Grimaud has previously worked at Tiger Electronics, Hasbro, Spin Master and HTI, so brings a wealth of experience to the role.


“I’m totally thrilled to be joining Canal Group at such an important time in the company’s development,” Grimaud said. “Canal Toys has an impressive range of cool, innovative and unique product and brands which will bring some real excitement to the arts and craft category. I’m looking forward to working with our talented team and forging strong relationships with our UK retailers.”


Grimaud will work with Paul Clark, head of Canal Toys UK to expand Canal's key brands in the UK.



Anthony Grimaud


Toy Retailers Association

British Toy and Hobby Association (BTHA) resident Natasha Crookes will replace retiring Derek Markie at the Toy Retailers Association (TRA) on 01 June.


Crookes will maintain her part-time position at the BTHA and will take on the administration of the TRA, as well as the organisation of Dream Toys, the Christmas media showcase for the industry and the toy retail judging of the industry awards.


“I am delighted to be able to take over the work of the TRA from the excellent job Derek Markie has done over the years,” Crookes said. “I look forward to speaking to retail members and working with the excellent team of TRA members, toy suppliers, Bastion and Blackberry Productions that run Dream Toys so well each year, as well as my BTHA colleague, Matt Jones, on the Toy of the Year Awards.”



Natasha Crookes




Courtesy to Toy World Magazine for some information provided.

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