Video game retailer GameStop has named Michael Mauler as new CEO, ending a three-month search for a replacement after previous chief executive J. Paul Raines departed the company for medical reasons.
“Mike has been part of the GameStop senior leadership team for many years, where he has played an integral role in creating and driving the blueprint of our diversification strategy, successfully managing our international operations and growing our core business segments,” said Dan DeMatteo, GameStop’s executive chairman.
Mauler has been with GameStop for over 16 years, most recently in the role of executive vice president and president of its international business.
Paramount Pictures is bringing on Liz West as executive vice president of marketing communications for international theatrical marketing and worldwide home entertainment, Variety reports.
“As our slate expands and our business grows we are looking to make sure we have a strategic, lifecycle approach to our movies and integrated consumer-facing communications across these areas,” said Mary Daily, Paramount’s president of international marketing. “Liz, who is a known strategist with the invaluable combination of both international theatrical and home entertainment experience, is the perfect executive to help lead these efforts.”
Before achieving her mouthful of a title, West most recently served as vice president of global publicity for the Walt Disney Company.
Jeff Hughes has joined Fox Networks Group as president of its digital consumer group, where he will oversee digital strategy and operations for all of the company’s brands.
“Jeff has a unique combination of technology expertise and senior management experience, which, along with his insight into the needs of consumers, makes him the perfect executive to lead our digital team,” said Brian Sullivan, president and COO of Fox Networks Group, to Variety.
Hughes spent five years as CEO of Omnifone, a UK-based music streaming platform, before joining Fox in 2016.
CEO Laurent Potdevin has resigned from his position at Lululemon Athletica, citing failure to adhere to the company’s standards of conduct.
“While this was a difficult and considered decision, the Board thanks Laurent for his work in strengthening the company and positioning it for the future,” said Glenn Murphy, executive chairman of the board. “Culture is at the core of Lululemon, and it is the responsibility of leaders to set the right tone in our organization. Protecting the organization’s culture is one of the Board’s most important duties.”
Celeste Burgoyne, Stuart Haselden and Sun Chloe will assume Potdevin’s responsibilities in addition to their current positions as the company searches for a replacement.
British telecommunications company Sky has hired Debbie Klein as its first-ever chief marketing and corporate affairs officer, where she will expand the company’s Bigger Picture social good program.
“We are delighted to welcome Debbie to Sky,” said Jeremy Darroch, Sky’s CEO. “She is an outstanding leader, who has an excellent track record and I know that she will be a great addition to our leadership team.”
Klein previously worked at Engine Group’s Europe and Asia Pacific offices as their CEO.
Hudson’s Bay Company has tapped Helena Foulkes as its next CEO, filling a position left vacant since October of last year.
“The world is changing very rapidly,” said Richard Baker, Hudson’s Bay’s chairman, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. “We were looking for a transformational leader.”
Most recently, Foulkes was president at CVS, a company she has worked for since 1992.
Weight Watchers has tapped Gail Tifford for the role of chief brand officer, hoping to expand its global brand presence without diminishing its heritage.
“Drawing on 20 years of proven brand-building experience, Gail will build on that heritage to develop the next evolution of the Weight Watchers brand that will inspire healthy habits that fit into everyday life,” said Weight Watchers CEO Mindy Grossman. “Her global mindset and successful track record with rolling out disruptive technologies in support of a greater brand purpose are tremendous assets as we look toward the future.”
Tifford most recently worked at Unilever as its vice president of media for North America as well as vice president of global media innovation. While at Unilever, Tifford created the company’s first digital disruption roadmap.
Tammy Golihew has joined Amazon Studios as its director of publicity, Deadline reports. In the role, Golihew will oversee promotion of Amazon’s slate of original programming, such as the upcoming Jack Ryan show.
Golihew joins Amazon from Warner Brothers TV, where she served for twelve years, rising to the rank of executive vice president of scripted marketing and communications.
Turner Media has made a pair of executive promotions: Marie Hughes and Michael Tatum as senior vice presidents of strategic media planning and Turner brand experience, respectively.
“As Turner continues to evolve to meet the needs of an ever-changing media landscape, it is important for our organization and its leadership to evolve simultaneously so we’re in the best position to support and market our brands, and protect and enhance our company’s reputation,” said Molly Battin, Turner’s global chief communications and corporate marketing officer. “Marie and Michael are best-in-class brand strategists and marketers, and I’m delighted to congratulate them on their well-deserved promotions.”
Tatum has been with Turner since 1996, while Hughes first joined in 2014 from Horizon Media.
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Twitter’s director of augmented and virtual reality, Alessandro Sabatelli, has announced his departure from the company (characteristically, in a Tweet).
“It’s been an incredible ride and I’ve had the great pleasure to work alongside some amazing people! Together we managed to ship product while having fun,” he wrote.
Before joining Twitter, Sabatelli was CEO of IXOMOXI, an entertainment technology startup.
After 18 months as CMO at A&E Networks, Amanda Hill will depart the company, the New York Post reports. In May, Hill will transition to Harrods, where she will serve as CMO and chief customer experience officer.
Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts, has resigned from his post, citing “an avalanche of negative publicity” after accusations of sexual misconduct came to light.
“The Wynn Resorts team and I have built houses of brick,” Wynn said. “Which is to say, the institution we created—a collection of the finest designers and architects ever assembled, as well as an operating philosophy now ingrained in the minds and hearts of our entire team—will remain standing for the long term.”
Three Sony Pictures executives are stepping down as the company undergoes corporate restructuring, the Los Angeles Times reports. Home entertainment president Man Jit Singh, worldwide networkds head Andy Kaplan and TV marketing president Sheraton Kalouria have all departed Sony Pictures.
“Our decision to rethink the way we operate these units was driven by our goals to streamline Sony Pictures’ business operations, making them nimbler and better aligned with a rapidly-evolving industry,” said Sony Pictures CEO Tony Vinciquerra in an internal memo.
Phivida, cannabinoid-infused product manufacturer, has hired Michael Cornwell as its CMO.
“Michael’s depth of experience is evidenced by his proven success in building exceptional lifestyle consumer brands at Red Bull, Samsung and Microsoft,” said Phivida CEO John Belfontaine. “Phivida will seek to continue adding world class senior executives to its management team in an effort to capture a leadership share of the global CBD industry.”
Previously, Cornwell has served as CMO for both Samsung and Microsoft, and marketing director at Red Bull Canada.
Brian Kirkland has joined Choice Hotels as its chief technology officer.
“The introduction of the choiceEDGE platform showcases that Choice is at the forefront of innovation and built to effectively handle the volume on digital channels for the future,” said John Bonds, Choice senior vice president of enterprise operations and technology. “Brian’s expert leadership and extensive technology experience was crucial to the overall success of the initiative.”
Prior to signing with Choice, Kirkland held senior roles at companies such as GoDaddy and Media Temple.
Consumer healthcare provider Performance Health has appointed Jeff George CEO.
“Jeff George is a highly skilled and effective leader who will augment and inspire our strong executive team as we continue on a path to sustainable growth through improved operations and customer service,” said Tim Sullivan, Performance Health board member.
George previously served on the Novartis Group executive committee from 2008 to 2016 as divisional CEO of Alcon.
Andrew Jordan has signed on with Interstate Hotels and Resorts as its chief marketing officer.
“During a time of unprecedented growth at Interstate, I am excited to add someone of Andrew’s caliber to lead our revenue departments,” said Michael Deitemeyer, Interstate’s CEO. “Andrew has successfully grown revenues and market share for hospitality and retail companies requiring speed, competitiveness and creativity.”
Jordan was most recently CMO at Adeptus Health, and before that held the same position at Wyndham International.
Euro Media Group has restructured its C-suite, bringing on François-Charles Bideaux as co-CEO. Current interim Patrick van der Berg will resume his responsibilities as chief financial officer as well as continue on as co-CEO.
“One of my focus areas will be to lead the group towards the mutation of our business, such as UHD, IP production, remote production, light or simplified production and different new digital services,” Bideaux said. “Key will also be to accompany our teams towards these technological evolutions and the new needs in our market in general.”
Bideaux previously held the role of head of sports production for Canal+.
Nick Fry, former CEO of the Mercedes AMG Formula One team, has joined Fnatic in an advisory capacity as head of commercial strategy.
“Having someone of Nick’s experience and stature is of significant value for FNATIC and esports as a whole,” said Wouter Sleijffers, CEO of Fnatic. “Now is the time to build on the momentum we’ve created—Nick has experience that will aid us in doing exactly that.”
Fry has held executive management positions for Formula One racing teams for 11 years.
Canon Solutions America has made a trio of executive promotions, elevating Toyo Kuwamura to chairman and CEO, Peter Kowalczuk to executive vice president and general manager and Francis McMahon to executive vice president of print solutions.
“It is with great pride and a great deal of respect that I can share the well-deserved promotions of some of our leading Canon Solutions America team members,” said Kuwamura. “These individuals are truly representative of the Canon culture, our company vision and shared values.”
Additionally, Malkon Baboyian and James Sharp, executive vice presidents of production print solutions and professional services, respectively, have retired.
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