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Mattel Enhances Leadership Team to Drive Creativity, Innovation and Growth

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) today announced the appointment of four executives to key senior roles enhancing the company's leadership expertise as it implements its plan to deliver improved performance:

  • Richard Gros, Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Juliana Chugg, Global Core Brands Officer
  • Catherine Balsam-Schwaber, Chief Content Officer
  • John Vandemore, Chief Financial Officer, Global Brands and Commercial

"Today's announcement is an important step towards re-invigorating our culture and increasing accountability, as we accelerate our efforts to deliver enhanced creativity, innovation and financial performance," said Christopher Sinclair, Mattel Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Richard Gros, Chief Human Resources Officer, will report to Mr. Sinclair and lead Mattel's efforts in becoming a more innovative and performance-driven organization. Mr. Gros has 30 years of experience in human resources with proven expertise in global talent acquisition and assessment, organizational strategy and development, succession planning and culture building. He spent nearly two decades at PepsiCo, including significant time in emerging markets, where he led the opening of offices in China, India and Russia. In addition, he has served as CHRO for publicly traded companies including Caribiner International, United Rentals and Cambridge Solutions, and founded an executive search consulting company targeted at Fortune 500 and emerging growth companies.

Juliana Chugg, Global Core Brands Officer, will oversee all aspects of marketing strategy, creative execution and product development across Mattel's iconic brands and will be...