LIMA has announced appointing six new members to the Board of Directors. The newly chosen industry executives who have begin serving three-year terms on July 1 are: Richard Barry, EVP, Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc.; David Buckley, President, Copyrights Asia Limited; Elise Contarsy, Vice President, Brand Licensing, Meredith Corporation; Linne Kimball, Vice President, WME/IMG Licensing; Ted Larkins, SVP/GM, CPLG (Copyright Promotions Licensing Group) North America; and Maria Del Carmen Rotter Alday, Managing Director/EVP, Televisa Consumer Products.
In addition, Ciaran Coyle, Global Vice President & Head, Global Brand Licensing, Electrolux Global Marketing, was elected Vice Chairman; and Christian Fortmann, Partner, European Trademark Attorney, 24IP Law Group, was named Board Designate to the Executive Committee, each for one-year terms. Rick Van Brimmer of The Ohio State University, continues as LIMA Board Chairman.
“We’re excited about our new slate of board members whose wide-ranging backgrounds and extensive experience across the global licensing industry bring a valuable 360-degree perspective to the organization,” said LIMA President Charles Riotto. “I look forward to working with this group of industry leaders, who will help facilitate LIMA’s growth across the worldwide licensing landscape.”
Richard Barry, EVP, Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc., is responsible for delivering a strategic approach to all merchandising decisions for the retailer’s business worldwide. A company veteran for nearly 30 years, he also leads the “R”Us Brands team, which includes product development, brand management and the company’s China Sourcing Office.
David Buckley, President, Copyrights Asia Limited, has worked in the licensing industry for nearly three decades, beginning his career in the International Licensing Department of Sanrio Co., Ltd. in Tokyo. Buckley and his team further developed the Japanese and Asian markets for the company’s European and U.S.-based properties while introducing Japanese properties to global markets.
Elise Contarsy, Vice President, Brand Licensing, Meredith Corporation,is a 31-year licensing veteran. In her current role, Contarsy is building a multi-billion dollar media brand licensing program around Meredith’s portfolio of leading magazines and local TV and digital media.
Linne Kimball, Vice President, WME/IMG Licensing, joined WME/IMG in May of 2015. In this role, she is responsible for a number of brands, spanning both sports and lifestyle categories, as well as new client development.
Ted Larkins, SVP/GM, CPLG (Copyright Promotions Licensing Group) North America, has been actively involved in the licensing industry for more than 26 years. Prior to joining CPLG, Larkins was president of Blue Sky International, a Japan-based licensing company that represented MGM Studios, MIRAMAX, CBS, Jack Nicklaus, and others. He also was a consultant and advisor to LIMA Japan and helped establish the licensing business in that region.
Maria Del Carmen Rotter Alday, Managing Director/EVP, Televisa Consumer Products, has been with Televisa for nearly 20 years, having founded the Televisa Consumer Products Division, which now has agents in 25 countries.