VAN NUYS, Calif., Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Munchkin, Inc., designer and manufacturer of clever infant and toddler products, announced the promotion of Petty Rader to general counsel. Rader joined Munchkin in 2009 and most recently held the position of vice president and corporate counsel. In her new position, Rader will leverage her extensive legal knowledge to direct and manage all the company's legal matters, as well as compliance and human resource functions.
"Petty provides Munchkin with invaluable legal guidance in the support and defense of our large portfolio of intellectual property, and actively and successfully represents the company at court hearings and trials. She is instrumental in Munchkin's ongoing product line expansion and growth initiatives, including acquisitions, licensing and strategic alliances," said Munchkin CEO Steven B. Dunn. "We are pleased to recognize Petty for her proven record of strong legal management and strategic recommendations, which position Munchkin for continued success."
Rader brings to her new role considerable legal experience, including several years of practicing litigation, corporate and intellectual property law at various firms in Los Angeles. During this time, she was deemed a "Rising Star" by Los Angeles Magazine for three consecutive years, a prestigious distinction earned only by 2.5 percent of California lawyers under 40, or who have been in practice for 10 years or less.
"During my four years at Munchkin, I've had the opportunity to utilize my legal expertise to further Munchkin's well-earned reputation as a leader in the juvenile products industry," said Rader. "I look forward to providing continued top-level strategic legal guidance for such an ambitious and creative company."
Prior to her career in the legal field, Rader served as a brand manager for Procter & Gamble. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a double minor in business and women's studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.
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About Munchkin, Inc.
A privately held, global company headquartered in Van Nuys, Calif., Munchkin, Inc. creates baby products that excite, delight and make life easier for today's parents. Founded in 1991, Munchkin, Inc. has always placed great emphasis on innovation, redefining what baby products can achieve. As a result, Munchkin has reinvigorated the category with improvements such as a 2-in-1 bottle brush design and White Hot® Technology that lets moms know if the bath water or the car interior is too hot. A strategic alliance with Church & Dwight Co., Inc., the maker of ARM & HAMMER™ baking soda1, resulted in a line of diapering products that work with pure, natural baking soda, including the ARM & HAMMER™ Diaper Pail by Munchkin, winner of the American Baby Bests Award. Munchkin, Inc. has won more than 40 industry awards, including multiple wins of the coveted Target® Corporation Partner Award of Excellence, the ASDA stores partnership award, and the Toys "R" Us 2011 and 2012 Vendor of the Year awards. Endorsed and recommended by sleep and safety experts, medical professionals, toy specialists and parents, Munchkin products can be found at retail outlets internationally. For more information, visit www.Munchkin.com.
1 ARM & HAMMER, the ARM & HAMMER logo and the distinctive orange trade dress are trademarks of Church & Dwight Co., Inc. and are used under license by Munchkin, Inc.
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