Brian Goldner, Hasbro CEO, died Tuesday at the 58th anniversary of his diagnosis. This was just two days after the company announced that Goldner was taking a leave of absence to concentrate on his health.
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 20, 2018: Brian Goldner speaks at the 2018 Children's Hospital Los... [+] Angeles Gala "From Paris with Love" at LA Live, Los Angeles, California on October 20, 2018. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Children's Hospital Los Angeles). Getty Images for Children's Hospital Los Angeles
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Although the toy company didn't reveal the cause of Goldners passing, they called him a beloved leader in the team. Rich Stoddart was named interim CEO. He stated that Goldner was the heart of the company. His visionary leadership, kindness and generosity made him a favourite in the Hasbro community.
Goldner joined Hasbro in 2000. He was named CEO in 2008, and chairman of the board in 2015. Goldner joined the company in 2000 and was appointed CEO in 2008. He also served as chairman of the board in 2015. During his tenure, Hasbro Pulse was also launched. This brought together experiences such as fan events and exclusive toys from different brands.
Others in the toy industry took to social media to remember Goldner. Funko Pops CEO Brian Mariotti said that Goldner was a friendly guy who was always a champion for projects they had created together.