Hasbro introduced late Tuesday that Brian Goldner, its longtime chief government who has been credited with serving to the toymaker develop into worldwide markets and constructing ties with the leisure business, died at age 58, two days after he went on medical leave.
Mr. Goldner disclosed in August 2020 that he was being handled for most cancers. He joined Hasbro in 2000, and was named chief government in 2008 and chairman in 2015.
The corporate’s interim chief government, Wealthy Stoddart, described Mr. Goldner as “the center and soul of Hasbro.” Edward M. Philip, the corporate’s lead unbiased director, stated Mr. Goldner’s “inspiring management and enthusiasm left an indelible mark on every part and everybody he touched.”
Over the previous 10 years, Hasbro’s income has grown to beat that of its rival Mattel, reaching $5.5 billion in 2020.
Hasbro’s vary of merchandise contains Monopoly, My Little Pony and Transformers. Mr. Goldner was lauded for increasing the corporate’s attain into Hollywood with offers that turned properties like G.I. Joe and Battleship into films and tv applications.
“It’s a core-brand technique,” Mr. Goldner instructed The New York Instances in 2012. “We requested which manufacturers have the potential to be reinvented and reignited.”
Turning its mental properties into leisure franchises paid off for the toymaker. “Our 4 films made $3 billion on the field workplace,” he stated on the time. “However we made $1.6 billion in gross sales of merchandise as a result of we personal the I.P. and all of the merchandising rights.”
At factors lately, Hasbro, primarily based in Pawtucket, R.I., was stated to have been in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation, and Mattel, the maker of Barbie dolls.
Extra just lately, Hasbro has launched an e-commerce web site the place it may possibly supply followers methods to order limited-edition toys.