Hasbro C.E.O. Brian Goldner Dies at 58

Mr. Goldner, who went on medical leave two days earlier, has been credited with merging toys and entertainment.

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Hasbro’s chief executive and chairman, Brian Goldner, dies at 58.

Brian Goldner in 2008, with some Hasbro toy figures. He disclosed in August 2020 that he was being treated for cancer.Credit…Steven Senne/Associated Press

Oct. 13, 2021Updated 6:58 a.m. ET

Hasbro announced late Tuesday that Brian Goldner, its longtime chief executive who has been credited with helping the toymaker expand into international markets and building ties with the entertainment industry, died at age 58, two days after he went on medical leave.

Mr. Goldner disclosed in August 2020 that he was being treated for cancer. He joined Hasbro in 2000, and was named chief executive in 2008 and chairman in 2015.

The company’s interim chief executive, Rich Stoddart, described Mr. Goldner as “the heart and soul of Hasbro.” Edward M. Philip, the company’s lead independent director, said Mr. Goldner’s “inspiring leadership and exuberance left an indelible mark on everything and everyone he touched.”

Over the past 10 years, Hasbro’s revenue has grown to overcome that of its rival Mattel, reaching $5.5 billion in 2020.

Hasbro’s range of products includes Monopoly, My Little Pony and Transformers. Mr. Goldner was lauded for expanding the company’s reach into Hollywood with deals that turned products like G.I. Joe action figures into movies and television programs.

At points in recent years, Hasbro, based in Pawtucket, R.I., was said to have been in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation, and Mattel, the maker of Barbie dolls.

More recently, Hasbro has introduced an e-commerce site where it can offer fans ways to order up customized toys.

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