Carte Blanche Group's director of business development and licensing, Paul Haines is to leave the firm.
Haines (pictured) joined Carte Blanche in 2000 and was instrumental in the launch and success of the Me to You brand in gifts and plush.
More recently, he has headed up the licensing area of the business, and helped to launch My Blue Nose Friends.
"Deciding on the right time to retire from the business was never going to be easy," Haines commented. "However, after 13 wonderful years, I have decided that the time is right for a new challenge and to focus on a number of other initiatives outside of Carte Blanche.
"I would like to thank all of the colleagues, clients and friends I have worked with over the years, and will enjoy watching the team at Carte Blanche continue to build on the success of the amazing brands I have been lucky enough to be part of for so long."
Alister Marchant, CEO of Carte Blanche, added: "Paul has played a vital role in the evolution of the business, delivering above and beyond his remit in so many areas. The board and I are very sorry both professionally and personally to see Paul go and would like to take the opportunity to wish him every success in whatever he decides to do now.
"Licensing is an important area of focus for the business and Paul's departure gives us the opportunity to look at the structure we have in place to support its growth, ensuring that it works in harmony with our proprietary business to meet the more collaborative needs of our customers, both domestically and internationally."
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