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Hot Topic and Mattel execs join LIMA board


The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association has a new chairman and four new board members.

Ohio State University assistant vp for business advancement Rick Van Brimmer was elected chairman of the trade group, filling a position that was held the past two year by Maura Regan with Sesame Workshop. Other key moves saw LIMA board member James Slifer with The Joester Loria Group named vice chairman and Pete Yoder of Cartoon Network elected to the executive committee as a liaison to the board.

In addition, the LIMA membership elected four new board members including Tim Kilpin, EVP global brand international, Mattel Brands; Cindy Levitt, VP/GMM, Hot Topic; John Parham, president, Parham Santana; and Henry Stupp, CEO of The Cherokee Group.

“We are pleased to have such a dynamic group of licensing professionals join our board of directors, led by Rick Van Brimmer and James Slifer. This year’s four new board members bring a wealth of industry insight and knowhow, which will have a positive impact on our members as well as the overall licensing community,” said LIMA president Charles Riotto. “We’re especially pleased to welcome a retailer to the LIMA Board, who will add to the mix a unique and valuable perspective that will benefit our entire Association.”

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