OAK BROOK, Ill., May 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- TOMY International, Inc., the subsidiary of TOMY Company, Ltd. responsible for North America and Latin America, announces the appointments of two industry veterans to its newly-formed senior strategic leadership team. Effective immediately, Peter Henseler will assume the role of President and Gregory Kilrea will join as Chief Operating Officer. Both Henseler and Kilrea have deep toy industry and juvenile products industry experience, as well as long-term relationships with TOMY. Akio Tomiyama, who has a strong association with TOMY Company, Ltd. headquarters, will round out the team, joining as Chief Strategy Officer.
Henseler, who served as President of RC2 Corporation and Vice Chairman for TOMY International until his retirement in 2012, has been a strategic adviser and consultant to TOMY International since his retirement. Kilrea rejoins the TOMY team, having left the organization in 2015 after more than a decade of service at a variety of executive levels, most recently as Chief Executive Officer. Akio Tomiyama has been with the TOMY organization for five-and-a-half years, having served the organization globally in Japan and the UK, moving to the TOMY International headquarters in Oak Brook, IL in 2016.
"We are excited to usher in this senior leadership team," said Kantaro Tomiyama, the Chairman of TOMY Company, Ltd. "The team is 100% aligned with our global vision and has both the expertise and the passion to lead our North American and Latin American business forward with its aggressive, strategic approach. The fact that all three have such deep experience and ties to the TOMY Company, Ltd. will ensure a smooth transition and enable them to hit the ground running on day one."
Masayuki Nagatake, formerly the President and Chief Operating Officer of TOMY International, will be taking a global position with the organization in the TOMY Company, Ltd. headquarters in Japan.
About TOMY International
TOMY International (www.tomy.com) is a leading global designer, producer and marketer of a broad range of innovative, high-quality toys sold to preschoolers, youths and adults under the TOMY® and Ertl® brands as well as products for parents, infants and toddlers marketed under the The First Years®, JJ Cole® Collections and Boon® brands. TOMY International also markets its products under popular licensed properties such as John Deere, Pokémon, Sonic the Hedgehog, Lamaze, Lightseekers, Disney Baby properties including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Princesses, Cars, Fairies and Toy Story, and other well-known licenses. TOMY International's mission is to make the world smile. TOMY International reaches its target consumers through multiple channels of distribution supporting more than 25,000 retail outlets throughout North and South America, Europe and Australia. TOMY International is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan-based TOMY Company, Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange Code No. 7867). © TOMY.
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