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Mandar Natekar from Viacom18 joins Kidzania India as Chief Business Officer

The global indoor theme park based in Mumbai and Delhi NCR, KidZania, has appointed Viacom18’s Mandar Natekar as Chief Business Officer (CBO) of KidZania India. During his six-year stint with Viacom 18, Natekar was responsible for managing the entire revenue stream for brand MTV, Pepsi MTV Indies and MTV Beats across Ad-Sales, Large Format Sponsorships, Digital Properties and Branded Content. His expertise lies in creating large format revenue partnerships and creating newer opportunities for scaling up revenue streams across start-ups to established businesses. In his 19 years of career, Natekar…

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Gap Inc. appoints Neil Fiske as new global head of Gap brand

Gap Inc announced the appointment of Neil Fiske as president and chief executive officer of Gap brand. Fiske will begin his new role on June 20, 2018, and will serve on the company’s senior leadership team, reporting to Art Peck, president and chief executive officer of Gap Inc. “Neil brings significant retail and apparel experience to Gap Inc. and a track record of transforming and repositioning brands,” said Peck.  “He is an experienced leader who deeply understands the mechanics of this business, the value of an omnichannel strategy, and the…

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Disney executive Ynon Kreiz named CEO of Mattel

Mattel’s board of directors has appointed Ynon Kreiz as the chief executive officer, effective April 26. Ynon had served as one of the company’s directors since June 2017. Kreiz succeeds Margo Georgiadis, who became Mattel’s CEO in February 2017. Georgiadis will stay on in an advisory role at Mattel through May 10, and is stepping down to pursue a new opportunity in the technology sector. Kreiz will also become Chairman of the Board following an election scheduled for May 17. Kreiz aims to build on the company’s “existing strategy” and…

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Brand Factory decides to charge entry fee on free-shopping days

Moving away from steps that no other retailer has taken, Future Group is charging customers a cover of Rs 100-250 to enter its discount fashion format-Brand Factory. The cover charge would be applicable during a five-day promotion campaign from November 22-26, when Brand Factory will charge consumers buying goods worth Rs 5,000 at maximum retail price (MRP) from its 50-odd stores only Rs 2,000, and even that would be returned in the form of free merchandise, gift vouchers and cash back in the company’s mobile wallet. Customers can also redeem…

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Abhishek Maheshwari to head Disney Media

Vijay Subramaniam, vice president – content & communication, Disney India has put in his papers having decided to call it a day at the organisation. As the head of Disney Media he was in charge of all the Disney operated channels in India.Subramaniam joined Disney in 2007 as executive director, media networks. Before joining Disney he was sales director at MTV. Subramaniam will be replaced by Abhishek Maheshwari who is currently serving as the vice president & head of the Consumer Products, Interactive & Corporate Strategy for Disney India. Now,…

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Contract Advertising appoints Tanvi Jain as Sr. Vice President

Contract Advertising has selected Tanvi Jain as the senior vice president and head for their digital division – iContract. Commenting on the appointment, Rana Barua, CEO, Contract Advertising says, “Tanvi joins iContract, when we are stepping up our growth ambition and have laid out clear plans for both digital and integrated growth. Her impressive work and experience will help in growing iContract’s digital offerings to its clients across all markets. We look forward to a seamless integration of our creative vision to offer the best value proposition to our clients.”…

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Pooja Rawat quits Lowe Lintas to join Quantum Consumer solutions as its VP

In a big jump of sorts, Pooja Rawat, vice president, Lowe Lintas has quit the agency to join Quantum Consumer Solutions, a design firm, as its vice president. Rawat joined Lowe Lintas in 2011, and was associated with the company for six years. Before joining Lintas as brand planning director, she worked at Publicis Advertising as strategic planner for a year and a half. In October 2016, Rawat was promoted as vice president of MullenLowe Lintas Group, prior to which she was associate vice president of the group. From October…

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Turbo appoints Paul Flett as president of its licensing biz

Turbo Global Partners that trades under the name of DIBZ International has launched a new licensing business unit called Turbo Licensing. The company has also tapped Paul Flett to serve as its president. Says Robert Singerman, chairman and chief executive officer, Turbo Global Partner, “I am pleased to announce that we have secured another high caliber, key executive for our growing team. Paul Flett will head our Turbo Licensing Business Unit and will be responsible for growing revenues across our expanding portfolio of businesses.” “Paul’s first mega assignment will be…

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One Animation makes two vital appointments

One Animation, the Singapore-based CG animation studio responsible for award-winning TV series Oddbods and Insectibles, has made two important appointments to its international licensing and merchandising team with the likes of Anabel Higgin as marketing director and Pauline Hiu, VP consumer products, Asia. Both are experienced industry professionals who will be important people in the studio’s growing brand development team as it enters the global roll-out phase of its successful licensing program and seeks further opportunities for its properties across diverse platforms. “Oddbods is arguably our best known show and a global ratings success,…

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KNeoMedia Limited appoints Sander Schwartz as senior advisor

Online education content publisher KNeoMedia Limited (KNM) has appointed industry veteran Sander Schwartz as senior advisor of the company. In his new role Schwartz will head KNM’s advisory board. Schwartz’s new position will see him advise the company as it grows the consumer appeal of its suite of edutainment products and broadens its distribution globally. KNM recently launched an iOS app and has placed its KNeoEd and KNeoESP products into the New York public school system. Currently, Schwartz is the president of Grom Social, the COPPA-compliant social networking site for…

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