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Redwood Names Gary King as CEO, George Funk as VP of Sales


RedwoodVentures has announced that Gary King, who joined the company last year as EVP and General Manager, has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer. In addition, George Funk has joined Redwood as Vice President of Sales for North America.

Since joining Redwood last March, King has focused on helping Redwood expand channels of distribution with the launch of several new toy and novelty candy products, as the company continues to expand its portfolio with the Foodie Surprise line along with other new toy lines, such as the Luvi Pups series.

“RedwoodVentures has a rich history of product innovation, and we remain committed to bringing new breakthrough products to market in 2020 and beyond,” King said. “Our product innovation will be on display at New York Toy Fair as we expand both our Foodie Surprise and Luvi Pups lines as well as introduce several other new brands and categories.”

King previously held senior management positions with Crayola and Hallmark Cards as well as Cidrines, a major international food products company.

RedwoodVentures has also announced that George Funk, a seasoned sales executive with decades of experience working at companies such as YULU, Manley Toy Quest, Tomy, Klutz, and others, will head up North American sales.

“George is one of the toy industry’s most respected sales executives,” King said. “His leadership skills and experience from both the manufacturer’s and distributor’s perspectives will facilitate our growth in 2020 and beyond.”