Slinky Parent Company Names New CEO
Alex Brands, Fairfield, N.J., announced Neil Friedman as its president and CEO.
Friedman joined Alex Brands, parent company of Slinky, the brand of the promotional toy based in Hollidaysburg, Pa., from Toys "R" Us where he served as president of the U.S. division. A member of the Toy Industry and International Licensing Industry Merchandiser's Association's hall of fames, Friedman also previously served as president at Mattel Brands, Fisher-Price Brands, Tyco Preschool and MCA/Universal Merchandising. He joined Alex Brands' board of directors earlier this year.
"Neil Friedman is unparalleled in this industry for his vision, experience and track record of success," said Michael Cornell, chairman of Alex Brands. “With our newly opened worldwide headquarters, expansion into Europe and rapid growth to date, there truly is no one better suited to lead this company into the next phase of its evolution.”
Alex Brands recently announced the expansion of its operational footprint with the opening of new worldwide headquarters and customer showroom in Fairfield, N.J.; a state of the art distribution center in Woodbridge, N.J.; and expanded warehouse capacity in its Canton, Mich., distribution center.
“This is a unique opportunity to work with some of the most iconic and highly recognizable brands in the industry,” Friedman said. “In the time that I have been associated with Alex Brands, I have been extremely impressed by the company’s accomplishments, vision and growth plans. I am most looking forward to using my experience and expertise to help this company realize the incredible opportunities that lie before it.
For more information, visit www.alexbrands.com.