Brian Goldner, Hasbro CEO who led the Transformer films, has passed away
Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, who heralded the company’s access to live-action films, has passed away. He was 58 years old.
“After careful consideration, I have decided to take medical leave to focus on my health,” Goldner said in a statement issued Sunday, according to Variety. “I feel confident knowing that the company will be in the skilled hands of Rich Stoddart. Interim CEO, our highly experienced management team and the best employees in Commercial Business “.
Goldner joined Hasbro in 2000 and became CEO in 2008. Hasbro’s press release credits Goldner with expanding the company into movies, video games, and more. The Transformers movie series has now become one of the most successful franchises in box office history and the first two GI Joe films were blockbusters. Even the Ouija board became a successful movie series.
Goldner also oversaw Hasbro’s acquisition of eOne in 2019. Now, Hasbro is working with other popular holdings including Peppa Pig.
Rich Stoddart, interim CEO, praised Gouldner and the joy he brought to so many people.
“Since joining the company more than two decades ago, Brian has been the heart and soul of Hasbro,” Stoddart said in a press release on Tuesday. “As a charismatic and passionate leader in both the play and entertainment industries, Brian’s work has brought joy and laughter to children and families around the world. His wise leadership, kindness and generosity have made him beloved by the Hasbro community and everyone who touched him. On behalf of the Hasbro family, we extend our deepest condolences to his wife and daughter and all family members.”
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Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN.
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