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INFLUENTIAL EXECS


MITCH LEVENE Managing Director, Artsana UK


Since taking over the lead role at Artsana in 2011, Levene has steered Chicco from strength to strength. In 2012, he lead the team through a bold strategy focusing their attention and investment on specialist nursery and toy retailers. His success accelerated through 2013, with 12 months of consecutive growth. Chicco finished the year over 12 per cent up, outperforming all nursery categories and moving from outside the top 75 infant and pre-school brands to within the top 15.


DAVE MARTIN Vice President, Mega Brands International


Martin has a well established heritage in the toy industry, with a career that began in 1995 as a graduate trainee at Mattel UK. He rose through the ranks, ultimately becoming general sales manager. After 13 years at Mattel, Martin left the firm in 2008 to join Mega Brands Europe as


UK general manager. He was promoted two years later to UK and Northern Europe general manager, then VP in 2011. Martin is responsible for Mega Brands across Europe, Middle East and Africa.


JOHN MCDONNELL Managing Director, Galt Toys


McDonnell has been involved in the retail industry for over 35 years. He joined Galt as national account manager back in 1994, becoming sales director and then managing director in 1998. Before Galt, he worked at Selfridges, House of Fraser and Augustus Barnett, learning the nuts and bolts of retailing. McDonnell has been greatly influential in building Galt, helping the trusted brand grow commercially, while keeping its educational roots.


SIMON PILKINGTON Managing Director, John Adams Leisure


Prior to joining John Adams in 2002, Pilkington held positions at Hobby Products Group, Waddington’s Games and Hasbro. His main achievement to date is leading the MBO in 2009 to acquire John Adams and Toy Brokers. His overall objective is to drive growth and build the business into a top ten UK toys and games company, and he has chosen an experienced and enthusiastic management team to drive future expansion while refreshing classic brands.


GRAY RICHMOND Managing Director, Jumbo Games


Richmond is accustomed to coordinating resources effectively and has an enviable track record of project delivery and enhanced profitability. He manages a team of 17 at Jumbo Games and is currently responsible for its European licensing. The firm has grown year on


year since his promotion to MD in 2008 and in 2011 Jumbo was the third fastest growing manufacturer in the top 30 toy companies. It also occupies the first and second spots in the adult and children’s puzzle market.


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NICOLAI LINDHARDT EVP, Tomy EMEA


Lindhardt joined Tomy in April 2013 as EVP. Prior to this, he served as president and CEO of Royal Copenhagen, North America and served as non executive director and co-founded a New York- based company including a network of Danish executives in NY.


Before this, he was MD of Britax Scandinavia and held a position as country manager at Mattel in Northern Europe for five years. Lindhardt also held several senior positions at L’Oreal in marketing and sales.


CLAIRE MCCOOL Co-founder, Drumond Park


More than two decades ago, McCool co-founded Drumond Park with a fellow post graduate from university. Now the UK’s leading independent games company, Drumond Park has a proven reputation for the creativity and longevity of its offerings, both in the UK and on the world toy


market. Best known for titles including Articulate, Don’t Laugh, Gross Magic, Magic Tooth Fairy, Pumpaloons, Pig Goes Pop and Rapidough, as well as the number one best selling LOGO series, the first of which launched in 2009.


FOYE PASCOE General Manager, UK, Ireland, Nordic, Benelux, Hasbro


Pascoe started her career as a commercial trainee at ICI Paints, spending five years working on the Dulux brand in a variety of marketing, sales and commercial roles before joining Hasbro in 1997. During her tenure at the firm, Pascoe has risen up the ranks, holding positions in local,


European and global marketing, sales and product development before moving into general management. She became general manager, UK and Ireland in 2010, adding Nordic and then Benelux to her remit later on.


THOMAS RANDRUP Country Manager UK & Ireland, Revell


For the last 13 years, Randrup has overseen the growth of Revell GmbH in the UK market, initially as sales and marketing manager and, since 2004, as country manager. In that time, he has been instrumental in shaping the company range to maximise its appeal to the UK market. This is


evident in today’s iconic model kit ranges including the London Bus and Taxi, Mini Cooper, RMS Titanic, Star Wars and F1. He has also steered the Revell Control brand into a leading position in the RC sector.


PAUL ROBERTS Chief Strategy Officer, Cartamundi Group


Cartamundi’s history of producing playing cards and card games for over 300 years is currently overseen by Roberts. He started his card manufacturing career on the factory floor and has risen through the ranks in multiple disciplines to his current position. Nine factories


in four continents, alongside 15 sales offices worldwide, take care of a global card supply to many of the toy industry’s best known brands. Cartamundi also publishes its own retail line with products like Royal Flush cards.


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