Hasbro announced the passing of its longtime chairman and CEO Brian D. Goldner.
“Since joining the Company more than two decades ago, Brian has been the heart and soul of Hasbro. As a charismatic and passionate leader in both the play and entertainment industries, Brian’s work brought joy and laughter to children and families around the world,” said interim CEO Rich Stoddart. “His visionary leadership, kindness, and generosity made him beloved by the Hasbro community and everyone he touched. On behalf of the Hasbro family, we extend our deepest, heartfelt condolences to his wife, daughter, and entire family.”
Goldner, 58, joined Hasbro in 2000, was named CEO in 2008, and became chairman of the board in 2015. He worked to architect Hasbro’s “Brand Blueprint” to create play and storytelling experiences.
Goldner helped to expand Hasbro beyond toys and games into television, movies, digital gaming and beyond. The culmination of his strategy was the 2019 acquisition of independent entertainment studio eOne. Goldner served on the board of directors of ViacomCBS and was the chair of the compensation committee. He and his wife Barbara advocated for improving systems of care for vulnerable members of society.
“Brian’s passing is a tremendous loss for Hasbro and the world. Brian was universally admired and respected in the industry, and throughout his over twenty years at Hasbro, his inspiring leadership and exuberance left an indelible mark on everything and everyone he touched,” said Edward M. Phillip, lead independent director of Hasbro’s board of directors. “A mentor and friend to so many, his passion and creativity took Hasbro to new heights. Our love and thoughts are with his wife, daughter, and family during this extraordinarily sad time.”