Meet the Committee
BOB WANN, COMMITTEE CHAIR
CEO, PATCH PRODUCTS INC.
Bob Wann is the CEO of Patch Products Inc, makers of Patch, Lauri and Smethport Branded toys, games and educational products. Bob proudly serves on the Executive Committee of Toy Industry Association's Board of Directors as well as on the Board of Directors of the Toy Industry Foundation. He also holds the Chair position for both the PlayCon Conference Committee and the Toy Industry Foundation's Fundraising Committee.
Wann has over 30 years experience at both Fortune 500 and Entrepreneurial/Start-up companies in U.S and International markets. Through strategic brand and product development combined with creative marketing, he has overseen the development and growth of some of the most recognized brands in Toys and Consumer Packaged Goods, including M&M's, Johnson & Johnson, Fisher Price and Playskool. Wann developed his brand building and marketing skills at M & M Mars, Johnson & Johnson and American Greetings and later applied these skills as VP of Marketing at Fisher Price, Executive Vice President of Playskool and President/Worldwide General Manager of Milton Bradley/Parker Bros at Hasbro, overseeing the successful introduction or growth of industry recognized brands such as Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, Mr. Potato Head, Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, Fisher Price, Playskool, Nerf.
Wann is widely recognized as a creative thinker and marketer, developing award-winning programs such as "Family Game Night” and “Get Together Games.”
He has been married to his wife Amy, for 21 years, and resides in Lake Geneva, WI with their 18-year-old daughter Melanie.
JANE RITSON-PARSONS, COMMITTEE VICE-CHAIR
GROUP EXECUTIVE - GLOBAL MARKETING ORGANIZATION, HASBRO, INC.
As Group Executive, Global Marketing Organization, Jane Ritson-Parsons leads a variety of key internal teams at Hasbro, Inc. including Global Consumer Insights, Global Brand Execution, HasbroToyShop.com, and CakeMix Studios.
From representing consumers worldwide in her work with the Global Insights team to delivering consistent brand messaging at events across the globe through the Global Brand Execution team, Ritson-Parsons’ role at Hasbro encompasses a broad range of critical marketing functions.
In her position, Ritson-Parsons also manages Hasbro’s global online retail presence via HasbroToyShop.com and assets for retail partners around the world. In addition, she oversees the Company’s global retailer exclusives program.
Ritson-Parsons also partners in supervising Hasbro’s internal CakeMix Studios which is responsible for all the company’s TV commercials and production across multiple channels. Hasbro’s two creative agencies also report into her.
Ritson-Parsons joined Hasbro in 1993 to lead the Company’s in-house global licensing, publishing, and promotional groups. Prior to her current role, she led product development and marketing for Hasbro’s global franchise brand Monopoly.
Ritson-Parsons began her career at the Jim Henson Company where she delivered a number of high profile international licensing programs. She was also part of the original team that created and launched Hit Entertainment, a leading preschool entertainment company.
Jane and her husband Ian currently reside in Rhode Island with their two children.
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