“Brian has been the heart and soul of Hasbro since joining the company more than two decades ago,” said the company’s interim CEO Rich Stoddart. “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.”
Goldner, who was 58 years old, joined the company in 2000, according to Hasbro, was named CEO in 2008 and chairman of the board in 2015, the company said. He was also a member of the board of ViacomCBS.
Hasbro (HAS) makes Monopoly, My Little Pony, and toys for a number of popular entertainment brands including Star Wars and Marvel. The company started calling itself a “toy and entertainment company” after purchasing film and television production and distribution company eOne in late 2019.
The company saw a resurgence during the pandemic when bored families turned to Hasbro for entertainment. However, like other companies, it has also been affected by rising production and shipping costs. Hasbro said in July that it will raise prices later this year to “offset the rising freight and raw material costs that we continue to see across the business”.
– CNN Business’s Jordan Valinsky contributed to this report.