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Mattel enhances leadership team

Staff writer |
El Segundo, Ca., USA - September 22, 2015, El Segundo, Ca., USA - Mattel, Inc. announced the appointment of four executives to key senior roles enhancing the company's leadership expertise as it implements its plan to deliver improved performance.

Richard Gros, Chief Human Resources Officer

Mr. Gros has 30 years of experience in human resources with proven expertise in global talent acquisition and assessment, organizational strategy and development, succession planning and culture building.

He spent nearly two decades at PepsiCo, including significant time in emerging markets, where he led the opening of offices in China, India and Russia.

In addition, he has served as CHRO for publicly traded companies including Caribiner International, United Rentals and Cambridge Solutions, and founded an executive search consulting company targeted at Fortune 500 and emerging growth companies.

Juliana Chugg, Global Core Brands Officer

Ms. Chugg joins Mattel from General Mills, Inc., where she was a proven leader in operating multi-branded portfolios. Most recently she served as President of the company's Meals division, which includes brands such as Progresso, Old El Paso and Betty Crocker, where she managed all aspects of the business and oversaw impressive sales growth across the portfolio. She also served as President of the company's Pillsbury division.

Ms. Chugg also serves on the Board of Directors of VF Corporation, one of the world's largest fashion companies. Earlier in her career, Ms. Chugg held product management and general management roles at Berri Australia.

Catherine Balsam-Schwaber, Chief Content Officer

Ms. Balsam-Schwaber joins Mattel from NBCUniversal, where she led the corporate content and innovation agency. As a recognized leader in the entertainment business, Ms. Balsam-Schwaber also directed transformative content strategies at AOL, Time Warner, MTV and iVillage.

She began her career in the White House Communications Office and later joined NBC News as a producer for the flagship NBC Nightly News program.

John Vandemore, Chief Financial Officer, Global Brands and Commercial

Mr. Vandemore most recently served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of International Gaming Technology, where he was a member of the executive leadership team. Prior to that, he held leadership roles with The Walt Disney Company, including CFO of the Walt Disney Imagineering division.


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