Mattel Appoints Jessica Dunne GM & SVP Consumer Products
September 25, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) announced today that Jessica Dunne, former executive vice president, Licensing, Disney Classic Characters and Disney Baby, was appointed GM & senior vice president, Consumer Products, responsible for overseeing licensing for Mattel’s stable of powerhouse brands, including Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, Monster High®, Fisher-Price® and American Girl®. Dunne also joins Mattel’s Leadership Team, a group of senior executives comprising the direct reports of Mattel’s chief executive officer as well as select functional senior executives.

“Jessi’s tremendous experience with building strategic initiatives around classic properties and growing successful franchises will complement our efforts as we continue to innovate and develop both our iconic brands and newer properties,” said Tim Kilpin, executive vice president, Global Brands Team – Boys & Girls. “We look forward to welcoming her to the team.”

“Jessi’s unique understanding of infant & pre-school brands will prove invaluable as we continue to engage today’s generation of parents and children with our products,” said David Allmark, executive vice president, Global Brands Team – Fisher-Price.

Reporting to Kilpin and Allmark, Dunne will also support Jean McKenzie, executive vice president, American Girl.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Mattel family,” said Dunne. “And I look forward to not only deepening moms’ and kids’ relationships with such household names as Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price and American Girl but also cultivating and growing Mattel’s up-and-coming brands and properties. This is certainly an exciting and dynamic time to be joining Mattel.”

During her career at Disney, Dunne held several leadership positions including executive vice president, Global Licensing for Disney Consumer Products; executive vice president, Disney Moms and Babies; and executive vice president, Global Toys and Electronics.

Prior to joining Disney Consumer Products, Dunne served as senior vice president, Network Marketing and Off-Channel Commerce at Cartoon Network, as well as various positions at consumer products companies.

Dunne served on the Toy Industry Association’s Board of Directors from 2007-2009. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Farleigh Dickinson University and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from Saint Joseph’s University. Dunne and her family, including two young sons, currently reside in Laguna Beach, Calif.

About Mattel

Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) (www.mattel.com) is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling brands as Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever introduced, Hot Wheels®, Matchbox®, American Girl®, Radica® and Tyco R/C®, as well as Fisher-Price® brands, including Thomas & Friends®, Little People®, Power Wheels® and a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In 2012, Mattel was named as one of FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the fifth year in a row. Mattel also is ranked among Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.” With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel employs approximately 28,000 people in 43 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. At Mattel, we are “Creating the Future of Play.” Follow Mattel on Facebook: www.facebook.com/mattel

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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