The toy maker Hasbro announced on Tuesday (12) that its director, Brian Goldner, died at the age of 58, two days after taking a sick leave.
After joining the company in 2000, Goldner became General Manager in 2008 and Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2015.
“Since joining the partnership more than two decades ago, Brian has been the heart and soul of Hasbro,” commented Rich Stoddart, temporarily running the company after Goldner’s departure.
“As a charismatic leader who is passionate about play and fun, Brian’s work has brought joy and laughter to children and families around the world,” he said in a statement.
Under Goldner’s baton, the group continued to produce great classics, such as Play-Doh play doll, the My Little Pony and GI Joe dolls, and the Monopoly game, but also expanded into the audiovisual production sector, with the Peppa cartoons Pigs and PJ Masks.
Goldner, who was married and father of a daughter, informed last year that since 2014 he had been undergoing treatment for cancer. On Sunday, Hasbro announced that he was temporarily stepping down as director-general for health reasons.
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