Jim Fielding has been named new president of Fox Consumer Products, it has been announced.
The role will see the industry veteran oversee licensing, product development and new business opportunities in the consumer retail space across both businesses and FX Networks. Fielding, who most recently served as global head of consumer products and retail for DreamWorks Animation, will begin his duties on January 23rd and will be based in Los Angeles.
Fielding has over 25 years of experience in the consumer retail space, having served as the CEO of Claire’s Stores, Inc., where he oversaw strategic growth and international development for the retail chain’s more than 3,000 stores worldwide. Previously, he was the president of Disney Stores Worldwide, a role in which he led a $1.2 billion global business that operated 360 stores in 12 countries, as well as the DisneyStore.com e-commerce business.
The announcement was made jointly by Stacey Snider, chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox Film, and Gary Newman and Dana Walden, chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group.
“The Fox Television Group is home to some of the most powerful and enduring television franchises the world over, and Jim offers exactly the right skill set to maximize their potential in the licensing and consumer products space,” commented Newman and Walden.
“He has been an innovative steward of so many important live action and animated properties over his career, and he has relationships with retailers and licensees quite literally around the globe. We’re excited to have him on board.”
“Jim’s expertise and experience will be invaluable assets as we continue to look for new ways for our brands – both new and existing – to reach consumers on a global scale,” said Ms. Snider.
“Jim’s a one-of-a-kind executive, who’s worked with many of the world’s largest and most successful franchises, and we are incredibly fortunate to have him leading this group as we strive to take advantage of this immense opportunity.”
Fielding has also served as general merchandise manager for the co-ed division of Lands’ End Inc., where he led all channels of distribution, including Internet, catalogue and stores. He previously held several key roles in the merchandising world at companies such as The Gap, The J. Peterman Company and Dayton-Hudson.