Hasbro CEO and chairman Brian Goldner (pictured) and Tycoon Enterprises CEO and founder Elias Fasja-Cohen will be the 2018 inductees to the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) Licensing Hall of Fame. The longtime kids entertainment industry leaders will be inducted on May 22 at the LIMA Licensing Awards ceremony during Licensing Expo 2018 in Las Vegas.
Since joining Rhode Island-based Hasbro in 2000 and becoming CEO in 2008, Goldner has been instrumental in creating a global entertainment force that crossed the US$5-billion mark in revenue two years ago for the first time in the company’s history. Goldner has found success implementing Hasbro’s omni-channel storytelling approach across all business ventures, from high-end fashion collaborations and location-based entertainment experiences, to games, music, publishing, digital and consumer products. In Q3 2017, the company saw a 7% lift in revenue driven by continued momentum in its gaming category.
Goldner has also served as an executive producer on a number of hit feature films based on Hasbro brands including the globally popular Transformers movies and the 2017 animated feature My Little Pony: The Movie. Goldner’s passion and support of corporate and community initiatives also helped Hasbro reach the top spot on CR Magazine‘s 100 Best Corporate Citizens list for 2017.
Fasja-Cohen, meanwhile, co-founded Mexico City-based licensing agency Tycoon Enterprises in 1990, attracting major licensors to the region including 20th Century Fox, Cartoon Network, Mattel and Nickelodeon. Under Fasja-Cohen’s leadership, Tycoon has held its position as a top licensing agency in Latin America for nearly 28 years, expanding its services beyond Mexico to Central America and the Caribbean, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Chile and Brazil.
Fasja-Cohen also helped Tycoon launch the first edition of Expo Licencias y Marcas in 2007, in collaboration with Valor Agregado en Exposiciones. In addition, he helped found PROMARCA, the Mexican Association of Licensing, in 2009, which became the Mexico chapter of LIMA in 2016.