NEW YORK: Toymaker Hasbro Inc. has announced that Brian D. Goldner is taking a medical leave of absence from his CEO role, effective immediately.
The move, announced Sunday, follows Goldner’s disclosure in August 2020 that he was undergoing continued medical treatment for cancer since 2014.
Goldner has served as the CEO of Hasbro, Inc. since 2008, and has served as the chairman since May 2015.
Rich Stoddart, most recently the lead independent director of Hasbros board, has been appointed as interim CEO and will begin immediately.
Hasbro says Stoddart brings extensive leadership experience and expertise in global brand-building, advertising and marketing, and supply chain management. He was previously CEO at InnerWorkings, Inc., the largest global marketing execution company, and Leo Burnett Worldwide. He has served on Hasbros board since 2014.
In conjunction with appointing Stoddart as interim CEO, Hasbros board has reappointed Edward M. Philip as lead independent director, and Tracy A. Leinbach as chair of the nominating, governance and social responsibility committee of the board.
Brian has been an inspiring and visionary leader who has set Hasbro on an incredible path towards the future. All of us at Hasbro are thinking of him while he focuses on his health, “said Philp in a statement.
Hasbro’s headquarters are in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
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