Ronnen Harary is the Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Spin Master and a member of the company’s board of directors. Since the inception of the company in 1994, together with his two business partners, Ronnen has led and helped to establish Spin Master as a global leader in the toy, media and entertainment space.
Ronnen’s expertise and passion for children’s entertainment have led to the creation of award-winning programming and franchises including PAW Patrol, Bakugan, Rusty Rivets and Little Charmers, which have touched the lives of children in more than 160 countries. These wildly-popular series transcend cultural boundaries with universal characters and storylines that have travelled the globe, capturing the imagination and play of millions of kids around the world.
As the leader of Spin Master’s entertainment division, Ronnen plays an integral role in developing new entertainment properties, forging industry partnerships and building relationships with domestic and international broadcasters to bring the magic of Spin Master to kids through a variety of media channels. His latest venture is the company’s first foray into feature film.
In addition to overseeing the company’s entertainment division, licensing and digital studios, Ronnen is focused on unlocking ideas and fostering innovation throughout the organization, empowering employees to reach their full potential. He pushes boundaries and challenges teams to innovate and garners executive alignment to move the business forward. His commitment to developing people extends beyond Spin Master. Building on his own legacy of innovation and entrepreneurship, Ronnen lends his time and support to organizations like Futurepreneur, a national non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners.
Ronnen has a strong sense of social responsibility and is passionate about giving back to enrich the lives of children. In 2013, he founded the Toy Movement, a global initiative that provides toys to children in need, giving them the opportunity to experience the joy of play. Since its inception, Spin Master has led missions to over 10 countries, including Iraq, Israel, Mexico and South Africa, delivering more than 350,000 toys to disadvantaged or displaced children.
Ronnen is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, with a BA in Political Science.
Anton Rabie, is the Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Spin Master and a member of the company’s board of directors. After graduating with an Honours in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, Anton partnered with friends Ronnen and Ben to create Spin Master, now a global leader in children’s toy and entertainment. Spin Master is renowned for its innovation and pushing the boundaries of play, a philosophy shared and fostered actively by Anton.
Anton’s fearless entrepreneurial mindset was instrumental in the early years of Spin Master, helping to create a culture of risk-taking and acceptance of failure. During the first decade with the company, Anton led many functions including sales, marketing and human resources, where he attracted and developed talent, and created and managed relationships with domestic and international retailers. In recent years, Anton has spearheaded the company’s global expansion with the establishment of international offices in more than 20 countries. He plays a foundational role in Spin Master acquisitions, with close to 20 completed to date, including Tech Deck, Cardinal, Meccano and most recently GUND. Anton is also focused on business development and building international subsidiaries for worldwide marketing and distribution. His passion and leadership of the games category has helped to establish and expand the company’s position within this area.
Described as an “energy force” by his colleagues, Anton is passionate about people, promoting the company’s culture and inspiring employees. He embodies Spin Master’s values and is relentlessly committed to finding, developing and acquiring world-class talent. His current focus is Project Inspire, aimed at creating a best-in-class workplace that empowers employees to achieve their best, while also attracting top talent to build a foundation for Spin Master’s long-term success.
Over the course of his career, Anton has received numerous accolades, including being recognized by the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business magazine as a Top 40 Under 40. He generously shares his knowledge and time by engaging in a wide range of community organizations and charitable causes. Outside of work, Anton is extremely passionate about spending time with his family and living a healthy lifestyle. His love of tennis, instilled in him as a child, has incited an interest to study the science of human psychology. He is obsessed with continuous learning and keeping an open mind set. Anton has combined insights from his business, sports and psychology to create a new video series, Mindstones™, to help coach and inspire others.
Ben Varadi is a co-founder of Spin Master and is currently Executive Vice President, Chief Creative Officer and a member of the company’s board of directors. 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 design and development and his creative approach remains influential to Spin Master’s product selection.
Ben earned an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario in 1994.
Ben Gadbois is the global president and chief operating officer of Spin Master and a member of the company’s board of directors. Ben joined Spin Master in 2012 and has been instrumental in guiding the company through more than 10 acquisitions, the company’s IPO in 2015 and growing the company into one of the top children’s toy, games and entertainment companies in the world.
Ben is responsible for leading the company’s strategic vision, driving Spin Master’s global core growth strategies and executing a business model that underpins sustainable and long-term growth. He is relentlessly focused on maximizing value creation by enabling transformational projects and measuring ongoing initiatives to deliver increased organizational efficiencies, drive profitable growth, reduce working capital, drive global expansion and build new capabilities.
Before joining Spin Master, Ben spent 13 years at Newell-Rubbermaid in leadership positions including global president of the writing & marker global business unit that includes well known brands of Sharpie, Paper Mate and Expo. Ben also served as global president of Rubbermaid, where he drove significant improvements in profitability and is credited for the company’s successful turnaround. Ben also led several other businesses for Newell-Rubbermaid based in Europe and Mexico. Prior to Newell-Rubbermaid, Ben held positions at Black and Decker and Arthur Andersen.
Leading by example, Ben motivates others to execute with excellence and produce extraordinary results. His commitment to developing talent and driving value across the company is at the heart of every business decision.
Ben believes in giving back through philanthropic and community-based work. Not only does he work with several local and international charities in his personal time, Ben contributes financially to drive their mission and success.
Ben is a co-founder and key contributor to Spin Master’s The Toy Movement, which brings toys to disadvantaged and displaced children around the world.
Ben holds 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.
Mark Segal was Spin Master’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) from 2001 to 2011 and rejoined the Company as Executive Vice President and CFO in 2015. He has over 28 years of experience in financial management in both public and private companies, where he held a number of management level and board of director positions. Prior to re-joining Spin Master, from 2013 to 2015, Mark was Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Husky Injection Molding Systems, a supplier of injection molding equipment and services to the plastics industry. From 2011 to 2013, he was Chief Operating Officer at Canada Goose Inc., a producer of extreme weather outerwear.
Mark graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Bachelor of Accountancy degree and a Master in Business Administration degree (cum laude).
Bill Hess was appointed Executive Vice President of Operations and Chief Information Officer of Spin Master in 2013. Bill has 26 years of consumer products experience and 18 years’ experience in senior management roles in operations, supply chain, product development and information technology.
Prior to joining Spin Master, he spent 19 years with Newell Rubbermaid, a global marketer of consumer and commercial products, where he was most recently the Group Vice President Supply Chain, Consumer Group, a position he held from 2010 to 2013. Bill received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Northern Illinois University in 1989 and attended Harvard Business School — Leading Product Development program in July 2004.
Chris Beardall was appointed Executive Vice President of Global Sales of Spin Master in 2009. Chris started his career at Spin Master as Vice President of Product Development in 2000 and was promoted to Senior Vice President Sales, North America in 2005.
Prior to joining Spin Master, he spent 17 years in several management positions in operations and buying for discount retailers such as Woolco Department Stores and Wal-Mart. Chris graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1983.
Chris Harrs was appointed General Counsel of Spin Master in 2004. In addition to leading the legal department, he serves as the Corporate Secretary for the board of directors. With over 20 years of senior-level legal experience, Chris has held both legal and business roles within the entertainment and technology industries. He started his legal career in 1990 as a corporate law associate at the national law firm of McCarthy Tetrault LLP. Thereafter, he served as Vice President Business and Legal Affairs at Universal Studios Canada Ltd., a company which creates and distributes film entertainment, and as Vice-President Strategic Development and General Counsel at Webhelp Inc., a CRM technology company.
Chris graduated from The University of Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree and LLB and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Nancy Zwiers was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer in 2015. A classically trained brand-builder at Procter & Gamble, Nancy joined the toy industry in 1990 with Mattel, where she presided over an unprecedented period of growth on Barbie as Senior Vice President, Global Marketing. She also held the position of General Manager of the girls’ division, where she successfully re-launched Polly Pocket.
As founder and CEO of the consulting firm Funosophy Inc., Nancy spent 16 years helping over 200 clients, from industry leaders to start-ups in toys, youth entertainment and interactive games, build and expand their brands. She has been a strategic thought-partner and facilitator for many industry executives and has conducted extensive research on kids and play leading invention teams to licensing success.
Krista DiBerardino is a proven marketing executive with recognized success in strategic brand development, consumer insights and global marketing activation with influential brands, including Sharpie, Nielsen and Kellogg. Currently Executive Vice President, Marketing Integration & Activation at Spin Master, Krista drives breakthrough and effective integrated marketing programs for all Spin Master brands globally. In this role, Krista oversees global digital marketing, media management, creative content, integrated campaign planning, consumer insights, market & media analytics, shopper marketing, social and influencer marketing, experiential marketing, marketing communications and public relations.
Krista first joined the company as Chief Marketing Officer of Spin Master in 2013 and was part of the executive team that took Spin Master public on the Canadian Stock Exchange. After a two-year hiatus, Krista re-joined the company in 2018. Prior to joining Spin Master, Krista was Vice President of Global Marketing for the Writing and Creative Expressions Global Business of Newell Rubbermaid, a global marketer of consumer and commercial products, a position she held from 2006 to 2013. In addition, Krista held executive marketing positions with JohnsonDiversey (a division of SC Johnson), a leading manufacturer of household supplies, and Nielsen, a global information and measurement company.
Krista holds a Bachelors of Business and Marketing from Syracuse University.
As Executive Vice President of Spin Master Entertainment, Jennifer Dodge leads the company’s entertainment group in developing evergreen global entertainment properties and overseeing the current production slate, including, PAW Patrol, while focusing on creative strategies that position Spin Master for additional growth and success within the entertainment business.
Previously, Jennifer held the position of Senior Vice President, Development for Nickelodeon Preschool, where she spearheaded the development of all original content for programming and the development of in-house talent, in tandem with discovering and nurturing new artists and writers. Prior to joining Nickelodeon, Jennifer served as Vice President and Executive Producer for Spin Master Entertainment from 2009 to 2015. During that time, she oversaw more than 200 episodes of animation including PAW Patrol and Little Charmers. Before joining Spin Master, she served as Vice President Distribution and Sales Operations for Cookie Jar Entertainment (now part of DHX Media) and Director, Production and Development for Decode Entertainment (DHX Media).
Jennifer graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics and Psychology.
Adam Beder was appointed Executive Vice President Strategic Partnership and Franchise Development of Spin Master in Oct 2018. He has been instrumental in bringing Spin Master to the forefront of the licensing industry with an innovative approach to partnerships, growing the overall business through a multi-pronged licensing strategy. During his tenure with Spin Master, he has established and developed numerous transformational partnerships for entertainment, including Bakugan with Cartoon Network, PAW Patrol with Nickelodeon and licensing, including Monster Jam with FELD and most recently DC with Warner Bros.
Currently, Adam is focusing much of his energy on building Spin Master’s wholly owned IP into global franchises through innovative rights management in various key markets for the company. Prior to his present position, Adam held a number of senior management roles in his 20-plus-year career at Spin Master, helping catapult the company from its start-up beginnings to the global leader it is today.
Adam completed a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in 1996 and a doctorate in hard-knocks from ’Corporate America’ over the past two decades.
Susie Lecker was appointed Executive Vice President, Global Licensing in 2018, bringing over 20 years experience in the toy industry to Spin Master. Susie started her career in marketing working for Weston Bakeries, Canada’s largest commercial baked goods company, and then moved to the health & beauty industry before joining Mattel Canada in 1998.
During her 19 years at Mattel, she held a wide variety of global leadership positions, launching new brands to the market and developing growth plans for existing brands, across all the toy categories, with a focus on licensed partnerships and international marketing. Always an advocate for working with license partners and delivering creative and innovative marketing solutions, Susie served on the LIMA board, and received the Women In Toys marketing award in 2013.
In her role as EVP Global Licensing at Spin Master, Susie leverages her leadership, experience and relationships to build on Spin Master’s strong foundation of partnerships in the licensed community.
Benjamin Dermer is the Senior Vice President of Creative Development and serves as Spin Master’s Deputy Creative Officer. An 18-year veteran of the company, Ben oversees the areas of innovation, new product development, and inventor relations, managing the sourcing, acquisition and development of new toy ideas. He has a special connection to product, having had over 100,000 toy inventions presented to him in his career, and works very closely with the internal innovation teams and outside partners to select and direct some of the company’s most technically ambitious development projects, such as Luvabella, Bakugan, Hatchimals and Zoomer.
Together with Ben Varadi, he helps guide the company’s creative vision in the areas of product selection, brand direction, positioning, play pattern, and advanced technical product development, across all brands.
Ben holds a BFA from York University’s Faculty of Fine Arts, Winters College.