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Egmont Restructures Licensing Business

Egmont Restructures Licensing Business

Egmont Publishing has established two new global units in a reorganization of its licensed children's book and magazine business.

Egmont Publishing has established two new global units in a reorganization of its licensed children's book and magazine business–Global Licensing Management and Global Content Development.

The new Global Licensing Management team will be responsible for the management of Egmont's global licensors, acquiring new global licenses and the sale of international rights for global intellectual property. The division will be led by Silvia Figini, who has been promoted from her previous role as vice president of global Disney at Egmont Publishing and managing director of the Egmont Creative Center.

The Global Content Development team houses creative talents from across the U.K., Germany, Denmark and Poland and is focused on developing internationally transferable content for global brands in Egmont's book and magazine publishing portfolio. It is also responsible for the continued development and sourcing of magazine cover mounts. Jacek Beldowski, formerly senior vice president and general manager of Egmont Publishing in Central and Eastern Europe, will manage the new team, reporting into Rob McMenemy who continues to be responsible for the U.K. and Central/Eastern Europe joint ventures as well as for the Global Content Development Unit and cover mount sourcing.

"From evergreen brands like Thomas the Tank Engine, to our groundbreaking publishing of Minecraft, we have some of the best licensed properties on our list and this new global set up ensures Egmont is now better placed than ever to continue to deliver the very best publishing in books and magazines for our licensing partners," says McMenemy.

Other U.K. personnel changes as a result of the restructure include:

  • Emma Cairns Smith has been promoted to director of global licensing acquisitions, Global Licensing Management;
  • Sten Jorgensen has been promoted to head of global brand management and international sales, Global Licensing Management;
  • Eleanor Fletcher has been promoted to global brand director, Global Licensing Management;
  • Tracy Philips, rights director, will now be responsible for the sale of rights, both in the U.K. and globally;
  • Sarah Bates has been promoted to global content director, Global Content Development; and
  • Sue Allan has been promoted to the new role of publishing director, licensing and customer.
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