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SAMANTHA CLAPHAM, 26 Product Development Manager, UNDERGROUND TOYS


Formerly at Chapman Entertainment, Clapham joined Underground in March 2013, overseeing main product launches including the arrival of the Anchormanrange ahead of the film in December. She is also responsible for all development across the firm’s In Your Pocket and Pocket Pal keychains.


MAJEN IMMINK, 29 Senior Comms Manager, BTHA


Immink has worked for the trade body for six years, and is directly responsible for all Toy Fair PR and promotions. She also manages Bastion. Immink also works on issues affecting the industry on behalf of all BTHA members. She is a member of the PR and international matters and sustainability committees.


CODY CROOK, 20 Account Manager, MIPR


Crook joined miPR in July 2011, straight after her A-levels, and has since flourished into an invaluable team member. She manages the website, leads social media across all clients and is the resident photographer. She is involved with brands including Maya the Bee, My Blue Nose Friends, Zinc, Jumbo Games and Me to You.


GEMMA PORTER, 29 Marketing Manager, INTERPLAY


Porter joined Interplay in October 2008, starting as independent account manager. A promotion to key accounts manager followed, while she also began to take on more marketing as well as overseeing the indie account manager. In October 2013, Porter became marketing manager, still looking after both sales account managers.


STEVEN RUSSELL, 27 Marketing Executive, JUMBO GAMES


Now in his fourth year at Jumbo, Russell


continues to entertain and grow within the team. While his first love is still One Direction apparently (well, whose isn’t, quite frankly?), his passion for his work is still obvious as Wasgij.com continues to go from strength to strength and Jumbo’s social media community continues to grow.


MAX DALMAU, 24 Export Manager, KÄTHE KRUSE GMBH


Moving over to Germany, and Dalmau only started his role two months ago but has already proven his capacities in multiple fields. He is responsible for establishing contact with new cutomers and processing orders for Western Europe, Asia, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, US and Canada for the firm, which specialises in dolls and baby toys.


NICK MOWBRAY, 28 President, ZURU


Mowbray started Zuru with his brother and sister, and has helped to build the company into one of the fastest growing toy firms globally. Zuru now employs over 130 people across four offices and is the creator of Robo Fish. Mowbray’s main roles include global sales and marketing, licensing and overall strategy.


ALBERTO SILLA MORALES, 26 Creative Director, GOLIATH BV


Morales works at the Spanish subsidiary of Goliath, dealing with graphic and industrial design. He began translating the language on the boxes into Spanish, but now also creates some of the toys. Morales has also been responsible for various ideas for the new line of Star Wars Domino Express.


RICHARD BELFORD, 28 Sales Director, SIMBA SMOBY


Since Belford took control of Simba Smoby’s sales operation, it has gone from strength to strength with double digit growth every year for the past three years. He lived in Hong Kong for a period to understand every area of toy manufacturer and distribution, and is involved in the handling of every major account.


ALEX KOVACEVIC, 29 Marketing & Licensing Manager, SIMBA SMOBY


Kovacevic has been with the firm for eight months, and had the task of revealing the signing of Matt Hatter Chroniclesand a new campaign for the Steffi Love fashion doll brand. He has previously enjoyed stints with Hy- Pro, Re:creation and Grant & Bowman, giving him a wide range of toy industry experience.


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