Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, who initiated the company’s rollout in live-action blockbusters, has passed away. He was 58 years old.
Hasbro announced this in a press release on Tuesday. Variety reports that Goldner was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014. Goldner resigned from Hasbro on Sunday to focus on his health.
“After careful consideration, I decided to take medical leave to focus on my health,” Goldner said in a statement published on Sunday, according to Variety. “I am confident that the company will be in the experienced hands of Rich Stoddart as interim CEO, our seasoned management team and the best people in the industry.”
Goldner joined Hasbro in 2000 and became CEO in 2008. The Hasbro press release credits Goldner for adding films, video games, and more to the company. The Transformers film franchise is one of the most successful franchises in box office history today, and the first two GI Joe films were blockbusters. The Ouija Board also became a successful film series.
Goldner also oversaw Hasbro’s acquisition of eOne in 2019. Now Hasbro is working on other popular properties, including Peppa Pig.
Interim CEO Rich Stoddart paid tribute to Goldner and the joy he brought so many people.
“Brian has been the heart and soul of Hasbro since joining the company more than two decades ago,” Stoddart said in a press release on Tuesday. “As a charismatic and passionate leader in both the gaming and entertainment industries, Brian’s work brought joy and laughter to children and families around the world. His visionary leadership, kindness, and generosity made him a part of the Hasbro community and everyone he touched , Popular On behalf of the Hasbro family, we extend our deep condolences to his wife, daughter and the entire family. “
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