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Toymaker Hasbro’s CEO Brian Goldner to take immediate medical leave


Brian Goldner is at the Global Premiere “Transformers: The Last Knight” at Cineworld Leicester Square, London on June 18, 2017.

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Entertainment and toy company HasbroBrian D. Goldner has taken a leave of absence as CEO, effective immediately

This announcement was made Sunday following Goldner’s August 2020 disclosure that he had been undergoing ongoing medical treatment for his cancer diagnosis since 2014.

Goldner was the CEO and chairman of Hasbro from 2008 to 2015.

Rich Stoddart was most recently Hasbro’s lead independent director. He has been named interim CEO.

According to Hasbro, Stoddart has extensive leadership experience in the areas of global brand building, marketing and advertising, as well as supply chain management. He previously served as the CEO of InnerWorkings (the largest global execution company in marketing), and Leo Burnett Worldwide. Since 2014, he’s been on the Hasbro board.

Along with the appointment of Stoddart to interim CEO, Hasbro has appointed Edward M. Philip, an independent director, and Tracy A. Leinbach, chair of its nominating governance, social responsibility and governance committees.

Philip is a businessman with more than 30 years experience. He has served as chief financial officer and operating executive for multi-national corporations. Leinbach was also the chief financial and executive officer. Ryder SystemFrom 2003 to 2006, the company was a provider of global logistics and transport and supply chain solutions.

Brian is an inspiration and visionary leader, who set Hasbro on a great path to the future. Philp said that Hasbro is thinking about him as he takes care of his health.

Hasbro’s Headquarters are located in Pawtucket Rhode Island.