Corporate

Board of Directors

Anton Rabie, Chair and Co-Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Rabie is a co-founder of Spin Master and is currently the Co-Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Rabie is a past member of the Supplier Council of the world’s top retailers. He, along with his co-founders, was a recipient of Canada’s Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999 in the Emerging Entrepreneur Category and has been featured as a Top 40 under 40 executive for his achievements in Canada and the global marketplace. Since inception, Mr. Rabie has led Spin Master’s human resources, marketing and sales. He has been instrumental in developing Spin Master’s European presence and has worked directly with hundreds of retailers to build Spin Master’s North American and international sales network. Presently, Mr. Rabie plays a foundational role in Spin Master acquisitions, having led the Company’s acquisitions such as Tech Deck, Spy Gear, Cardinal and Meccano. Mr. Rabie earned an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario in 1994. Mr. Rabie is actively involved in community organizations and sits on the board of directors for TIA CEO’s roundtable council.


Ronnen Harary, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Ronnen Harary co-founded Spin Master Corp. in 1994 and currently serves as Co-Chief Executive Officer. His leadership and tenacity has helped the company grow from a three-person operation with a single product, to one of the top five toy companies in the world with more than 950 employees globally. He has played an integral role in product development and strategic partnerships, establishing Spin Master as a world-class licensing partner and producer of children's entertainment.

Ronnen has been the driving force behind the creation of Spin Master Entertainment - responsible for worldwide hits such as PAW Patrol, which airs in more than 160 countries and territories - SpindoTV, as well as the recent acquisition of Toca Boca and Sago Mini.

Widely recognized for his success as an entrepreneur, Ronnen is committed to helping others achieve their business ambitions. He sits on the board of Futurpreneur, a national non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners. Spin Master has sponsored Futurpreneur Canada's Innovation Fund since 2010, benefiting more than 40 Canadian companies.

Ronnen's vision extends to philanthropy, with a particular focus and dedication to improving the lives of children globally. This led him to co-found The Toy Movement in 2014. The initiative, led by Spin Master Corp., provides toys to disadvantaged and displaced children around the world with the hope of bringing inspiration, imagination and joy through play.

He plays an active role in a number of other organizations, and sits on the boards of the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, the Koffler Centre for the Arts, the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.

Ronnen is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, with a BA in Political Science.


John Cassaday, Lead Director

John Cassaday is a director of Irving Oil Ltd., a privately held energy processing, transporting, and marketing company, Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading Canadian financial services group, and Sysco Corporation, a distributor of food and related products primarily to the foodservice industry, positions he has held since 2009, 1993 and 2004 respectively. Previously, until March 2015, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Corus Entertainment Inc. (‘‘Corus’’), an integrated media and entertainment company, a position he held since the inception of Corus in 1999. Prior to Corus, Mr. Cassaday was Executive Vice President of Shaw Communications, President and Chief Executive Officer of CTV Television Network and President of Campbell Soup Company in Canada and the U.K. He is also active in community affairs, principally with St. Michael’s Hospital. Mr. Cassaday has a Master of Business


Jeffrey I. Cohen, Director

Jeffrey I. Cohen is the managing partner at Torkin Manes LLP, a full service Toronto law firm, and a member of the firm’s Business Law and Corporate Finance Groups. Mr. Cohen has been a lawyer at Torkin Manes LLP since 1986. Mr. Cohen is the immediate past treasurer of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, a Jewish charity organization, and a past member of its board of directors. He is currently a member of the national board of directors of Weizmann Canada, a part of the worldwide network of supporting organizations for the Weizmann Institute of Science, one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary research institutions. Mr. Cohen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University and a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School.


Dina R. Howell, Director

Dina R. Howell was the Chief Executive Officer of Saatchi & Saatchi X, a shopper marketing agency, from 2010 to July 2015. Previously Ms. Howell held a variety of positions during her 22 year career at Procter & Gamble, a global consumer products company, ultimately serving as Vice President Global Media and Brand Operations. She serves on the executive advisory board for the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, the executive board for the Center for Retailing Excellence at the University of Arkansas and the board of directors of Give Kids the World.


Todd Tappin, Director

Todd Tappin is the President and Chief Financial Officer of JustFab, Inc., the fastest growing fashion company in history. Previously, He was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of The Rubicon Project, Inc., a publicly traded technology company, a position he held since 2013. Prior to The Rubicon Project, Mr. Tappin was the Chief Executive Officer of SocialVibe, later renamed TrueX Media, an online advertising technology company from October 2010 to February 2013 and a Managing Director of The Gores Group, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm from January 2009 to October 2010. He was the founding Chief Financial Officer of Overture, a pioneer in paid search which became a publicly traded company and was ultimately acquired by Yahoo!. Prior to Overture, Mr. Tappin spent six years as a senior executive at 21st Century Fox / News Corporation, an American multi-national mass media company, as Senior Vice President of Finance and General Manager. Mr. Tappin previously was a senior auditor at Deloitte, Haskins and Sells (now known as Deloitte LLP) and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado.


Charles Winograd, Director

Charles Winograd is the Senior Managing Partner of Elm Park Capital Management, a mid-market lending limited partnership, and is also President of Winograd Capital Inc., an external consulting and private investment firm. From 2001 to 2008, Mr. Winograd was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RBC Capital Markets. He was President and Chief Operating Officer of RBC Dominion Securities from 1998 to 2001 and also served as deputy chairman and a director of RBC Dominion Securities from 1996 to 1998, following its acquisition of Richardson Greenshields. From 1971, Mr. Winograd held several progressively senior positions 111 with Richardson Greenshields and predecessor companies becoming President and Chief Executive Officer in 1987 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1991. Mr. Winograd is presently on the boards of TMX Group Ltd., James Richardson and Sons Limited and the Board of Trustees for RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust and is a Management Advisor with RP Investment Advisors. In addition, Mr. Winograd is a director of Sinai Health System, on the board of Pathways to Education and was on the federal government’s Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards. Previously, Mr. Winograd served on the board of directors of The Oshawa Group, Sceptre Resources, RBC Dexia, AT&T Canada, Algoma Steel and Andean Resources. Mr. Winograd is also a past Chairman of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada. Mr. Winograd received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario. He earned a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1979.


Ben Varadi, Director, Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer

Mr. Varadi is a co-founder of Spin Master and is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer. He, along with his co-founders, was a recipient of Canada’s Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999 in the Emerging Entrepreneur Category and has been featured as a Top 40 under 40 executive for his achievements in Canada and the global marketplace. He plays an active role in product selection and development and his creative approach remains influential to Spin Master’s product selection. Mr. Varadi earned an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario in 1994.


Ben J. Gadbois, Director, Global President & Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Gadbois joined Spin Master in 2012 as the Global President & Chief Operating Officer. He has over 21 years’ experience in public companies, primarily in the consumer packaged goods industry. Mr. Gadbois joined Spin Master from Newell-Rubbermaid, a consumer and commercial products company, where his most recent role was the Global President of the Markers, Highlighters, Art and Office Essentials business. During his 13 years with Newell-Rubbermaid, Mr. Gadbois also led several other businesses such as Rubbermaid, Pyrex, Irwin Hand Tools and Graco Europe / Middle East. Prior to this, Mr. Gadbois held positions at Black and Decker and Arthur Andersen. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Salem State University in Massachusetts as well as the Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Accountant professional designations. Mr. Gadbois also serves on various external private company boards.


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