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.
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.
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 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.
Mr. Segal was Spin Master’s Chief Financial Officer from 2001 to 2011 and rejoined the Company in 2015. He has over 25 years of experience in financial management in both public and private companies where he has held a number of management level and board of director positions. Prior to re-joining Spin Master, from 2013 to 2015, Mr. Segal was VP 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. Mr. Segal 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).
Mr. Hess was appointed Executive Vice President of Operations and Chief Information Officer of Spin Master in 2013. Mr. Hess has 26 years of consumer products experience and 18 years’ experience in senior 113 management roles in operations, supply chain, product development and information technology. Prior to joining Spin Master, Mr. Hess 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. Mr. Hess earned 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.
Mr. Beardall was appointed Executive Vice President of Global Sales of Spin Master in 2009. Mr. Beardall started his career at Spin Master as Vice President of Product Development in 2000, 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. Mr. Beardall earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1983.
Mr. Harrs was appointed General Counsel of Spin Master in 2004. Mr. Harrs has over 20 years of senior level legal experience. Prior to joining Spin Master, Mr. Harrs 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 which focused on online and wireless communications. Mr. Harrs 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.
A classically trained brand-builder at Procter & Gamble, Zwiers joined the toy industry in 1990 with Mattel, where she held a number of progressively senior positions.
Nancy takes child's play seriously. As founder and CEO of the consulting firm Funosophy Inc., Zwiers spent the past 16 years helping over 200 clients—from industry leaders to start-ups in toys, youth entertainment and interactive games—build and expand their brands. Zwiers has been a strategic thought-partner and facilitator for many industry executives and has helped in strategy development for many successful franchises. She has conducted extensive research on kids and play and has led multiple 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, & 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 to take 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 leading global information and measurement company.
Krista is passionate about giving back and serves as a member of the leadership council & mentor for Take Stock in Children. Krista holds a bachelors of business and marketing from Syracuse University.
Mr. Beder was appointed Executive Vice President of Global Licensing and Business Affairs of Spin Master in 2013. Prior to this position, Mr. Beder has held various other senior management positions in his 16 year career at Spin Master. Mr. Beder earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in 1996 and completed the Canadian Securities Course in 1995.