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Burger King Corporation (Miami, Florida, 305-378-3000): In charge of creating and implementing international marketing strategies, Chris Clouser has been appointed BK's global chief marketing officer and executive VP. His responsibilities will include promotions, sponsorships and advertising. Most recently, Clouser was CEO...
June 1, 2001

Burger King Corporation (Miami, Florida, 305-378-3000): In charge of creating and implementing international marketing strategies, Chris Clouser has been appointed BK’s global chief marketing officer and executive VP. His responsibilities will include promotions, sponsorships and advertising. Most recently, Clouser was CEO and executive board member of the Minnesota Twins Major League Baseball Club.

Disney Theatrical Productions (Burbank, California, 818-955-6823): Stuart Oken has been promoted from senior VP to executive VP of creative affairs. Subsequently, Alan Levey has been upped from VP to senior VP and GM of the department.

Egmont Imagination (London, England, 44-207-761-3693): Caroline Stephenson has been appointed territory manager for Southern Europe and Latin America. Stephenson previously served as manager of European broadcast sales for Team Dandelion, a U.K. distributor and producer.

emap usa (Los Angeles, California, 323-792-2917): Taking on the newly created position of senior director of retail development, Karen Cahill will be responsible for retail programs for licensed products across all brand categories. This includes product development, the creation of POP materials, style guides and the coordination of all retail product and event tie-ins. Cahill was previously director of sales and licensing at Big Dog Sportswear.

Hasbro (Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 401-431-8697): Lorrie Browning has been promoted to senior VP of Hasbro’s Disney marketing and product development team. In her new role, Browning will oversee the company’s Disney product lines, while continuing to be the key liaison between Hasbro and Disney Consumer Products. She previously served as VP of marketing and product development for Hasbro’s licensed preschool and girls businesses. Browning’s portfolio includes handling brands such as Play-Doh, Easy-Bake and Lite-Brite for Ogilvy & Mather as VP of marketing for the creative play category.

HIT Entertainment/Lyrick Studios (Allen, Texas, 972-390-6000): Holly Stein has been promoted from VP to senior VP of consumer products for North American operations. In her new role, Stein will oversee all State-side licensing and merchandising for the merged entity’s character and brand portfolio, which includes Barney, Bob the Builder, Kipper and Angelina Ballerina. Stein’s resumé includes a seven-year stint with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, developing and expanding strategy and merchandising activities for film and television brands including the Looney Tunes and Batman franchises.

Kids’ WB! (Burbank, California, 818-977-5000): John F. Hardman has been promoted from director of development to VP of programming. In his new role, Hardman will oversee the development of new series and serve as the lead current programming executive on Jackie Chan Adventures, X-Men: Evolution, The Zeta Project and Generation O!

Lisa Frank (New York, New York, 212-414-9353): Glenn Hendricks has left his VP of sales position at BKN International to join Lisa Frank as executive director. Hendricks will be responsible for extending the lifestyle brand for girls six to 14 beyond the core product categories of stationery, back to school and apparel, establishing a long-term presence in the mass market.

NewKidCo International (New York, New York, 212-581-1555): Monica Bendriss has been appointed VP of sales. With more than eight years of experience in the interactive entertainment industry, Bendriss previously held various senior management positions at Mattel Interactive and GT Interactive.

Oregon Scientific (Stamford, Connecticut, 203-227-5676): Brian I. Rubinstein has been appointed national sales manager and will focus on the introduction of a new interactive toy line, including licensed Barbie electronic learning products. Rubenstein was previously the national sales manager for Team Concepts North America.

Saban International (Paris, France, 33-1-41-19-7030): Olivier Dumont has been upped from VP of European production and business development to deputy managing director. He will be responsible for managing production and distribution of animated properties, live-action series and TV movies.

United Media (New York, New York, 212-293-8500): Partnering with Precious Moments and aligning itself with Copyrights Group Limited to represent its portfolio of characters (The World of Beatrix Potter, Paddington Bear and Maisy) in 2000 has resulted in various UM executive promotions. Maggie Palmisano ( has been upped from manager to director of retail development and will now be responsible for raising brand awareness in channels of distribution across North America. Prior to joining UM, Palmisano served as promotions manager for the Kids `R’ Us division of Toys `R’ Us. Previously manager of licensing, Kim Russo ( has been named director of that division. Her new duties will include developing and managing merchandising and promotional programs in Asia, Australia and South Africa. Catherine Blazek ( jumps up from sales associate to licensing executive responsible for sales and account management across all properties for infant, domestics, craft and hobby, while former executive assistant Lindsay Martinez ( will handle day-to-day management of the Precious Moments brand in her new role as licensing associate.

Viacom Consumer Products (Hollywood, California, 213-956-5000): Juanita Palomino has been promoted from director of sales to executive director of sales and domestic licensing. In addition to overseeing all soft goods, apparel, domestics, housewares and accessories, Palomino will now manage the domestic sales department. Prior to joining VCP, Palomino was director of domestic sales for Metro-Goldwyn Mayer, responsible for the strategic development and implementation of licensing, marketing and promotional programs for MGM properties.

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (Hong Kong, 85-2-3128-1800): Annie Leung has joined as VP of licensing for Greater China and Southeast Asia. In her new role, Leung will lead and manage licensing sales, marketing and operations, as well as preparing a full licensing strategy for the region. Additionally, she will build and maintain relationships with key retailers, distributors, manufacturers and promotions/advertising houses. Leung was most recently CEO of TAO Concept, where she played a part in the creation and distribution of character products.

Warner Bros. Pictures (Burbank, California, 818-954-6000): Erin Corbett has been promoted from director of national promotions to VP of national promotions and domestic marketing. In her expanded role, she will continue to explore promo and media tie-in opportunities for WB films, while taking on a strategic planning remit and interacting with production companies working with the studio. Corbett was previously involved in the tie-ins for the three Pokémon features, and her current projects include Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, due out in November.

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