Licensing industry veteran passes.
NORTH AMERICA–Jennifer Richmond, managing director of the Richmond Management Group and a long-time Jakks Pacific executive, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 12, after a discreet battle with cancer. She was 49.
Richmond was a long-time member of the licensing community, beginning her career at Tyco Toys in 1993. Later, she held several senior brand manager positions with Empire of Carolina and Equity Toys before joining Jakks Pacific as director of marketing and licensing in 1999. During her tenure, she was promoted to serve as the company's vice president of marketing and licensing before taking on the role of senior vice president of licensing and media.
Most recently, Richmond served as the managing director at Richmond Management Group. While with Richmond Management Group, she assisted in brand acquisitions, brand development, deal and contract negotiations and long-term management of licensed products and programs.
Janice Ross, head of global licensing at American Greetings Entertainment, was a long-time friend of Richmond and stated:
"Jennifer lived her life boldy and authentically. She created meaningful and long-lasting relationships with so many people, both personally and professionally. Her friends were touched by her giving nature, her genuine sense of caring and her eternal positive outlook. Her most cherished relationships were with her amazing husband, Andy; her extraordinary daughter, Bianca, who was truly the light of her life; and their family of animals. To have known Jennifer is to have loved Jennifer."
She is survived by her husband, Andy, and her daughter, Bianca.
Richmond's funeral will be held at Mt. Sinai (6150 Mt. Sinai Drive) in Simi Valley, Calif. at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to City of Hope, Waisman Breast Cancer Innovation Fund online at CityOfHope.org/WaismanInnovation or by calling (800) 667-5310.