Mandy Thwaites, director, magazines, BBC Studios, will be taking on additional responsibilities for the merchandising team, while Mat Way, global director, live entertainment, will also work with the gaming and interactive group. Stephen Davies will remain as managing director, consumer products and licensing, BBC Studios.
"Rikesh has been a driving force behind our merchandise and gaming licensing activity for the last few years, and he generated a significant amount of new business and growth for the company, the recent ground-breaking 'Doctor Who' game releases and the tidal wave of 'Bluey' merchandise deals to name a few," says Davies. "It's fair to say that he has left those businesses in terrific shape. Mandy and Mat both bring passion, energy and commercial nous to carry on the excellent work taking place across the consumer products and licensing division here at BBC Studios."
"I am thrilled to be joining the gaming and interactive business where there is already a deeply knowledgeable and passionate team in place," says Way. "Both the live entertainment and gaming & interactive businesses provide really exciting opportunities to bring our brands to life and engage fans in new ways, and given the synergy between the two areas, I am looking forward to exploring new ways of working together, too."
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