Rick Van Brimmer of The Ohio State University has been elected chairman of the board of The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association.
Brimmer succeeds Maura Regan of Sesame Workshop, who completed a two year term.
He has worked in licensing for the Ohio State University since 1990, where he has seen royalty revenues grow from under $1m annually to more than $14m.
Board member James Slifer of The Joester Loria Group was elected by the members of the board of directors to the post of vice chairman and Pete Yoder of Cartoon Network was voted to the Executive Committee as the Liaison to the Board of Directors.
Elsewhere, the LIMA membership has elected four new members to begin terms on the LIMA Board.
They are Tim Kilpin, EVP International, Mattel Brands; Cindy Levitt, VP/GMM, Hot Topic; John Parham, president, Parham Santana and Henry Stupp, CEO, The Cherokee Group.
“We are pleased to have such a dynamic group of licensing professionals join our board of directors, led by Rick Van Brimmer and James Slifer," said LIMA president Charles Riotto.
"This year’s four new board members bring a wealth of industry insight and knowhow, which will have a positive impact on our members as well as the overall licensing community.
"We’re especially pleased to welcome a retailer to the LIMA board, who will add to the mix a unique and valuable perspective that will benefit our entire Association.”