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Brian Goldner (1963–2021), Hasbro CEO

by Linnea Crowther

Brian Goldner was the longtime CEO of the toys and games giant Hasbro, as well as a film producer.

Bringing Hasbro to the movies

Goldner began working in Hasbro’s Tiger Electronics division in 2000, and by 2008, he had risen to CEO of the company. At the helm of Hasbro, he was notable for working to forge connections between Hasbro and Hollywood, with popular movies based on some of Hasbro’s biggest toys and games. Goldner produced and executive produced a number of those movies, including “Transformers” (2007), “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” (2009), “My Little Pony: The Movie” (2017), and “Snake Eyes” (2021). Hasbro’s revenue grew substantially under Goldner’s leadership, and he was named CEO of the Year by MarketWatch in 2008.

Notable quote

“My compass is all about authenticity. I’m the same person in the office as I am outside the office. And of course in this business and in almost any business, an innate curiosity, a willingness to learn new things every day.” —from a 2018 interview for Fortune

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Tributes to Brian Goldner

Full obituary: The New York Times

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