Turner unveils new-look EMEA consumer products team

Turner CN Enterprises has this morning unveiled its new-look EMEA consumer products team.

The new streamlined structure predominantly consists of internal appointments.

The team is aligned to focus on two key areas of partner support: retail and licensees.

Reporting to vice president Alan Fenwick, Maria Rosaria Milone, senior commercial director, will lead a new category sales team and is responsible for developing licensing strategies in-line with local and regional market trends.

Appointed as head of category for apparel, accessories and footwear EMEA is Leila Loumi who joins from The Beanstalk Group.

Milone commented: “All of our heads of category and their teams are tasked with setting a new industry standard for managing client relationships that will help us to deliver world class licensing campaigns. We are delighted that Leila is bringing her extensive experience in fashion and relationships in the sector to support our strongest ever portfolio of brands."

Additional head of category appointments – all of whom have been promoted from within the business – include Jason Rice for Toys and Sports, Annabel Rochfort for Themed Entertainment, Victoria Saint for Publishing, Video Games and Music and Sandra Selva-Abril for Stationery and Home.

David Berry will continue his consulting role for Turner by also acting as Head of Category for Food and Promotions, while Turner recruits the full-time role.

Also reporting to Fenwick is a new head of retail team – all of whom have been promoted from within the business – who will manage a team of dedicated retail managers. Graham Saltmarsh has been appointed to Head of Retail for the UK, Italy, France and Nordics, with Kathrin Schenk as Head of Retail for GAS, CEE, Russia and Benelux and Mar Romera for Spain and Portugal.

Additional retail appointments, also reporting to Fenwick, include Amir Demian as Retail Business Development – Middle East, North Africa, Greece and Cyprus and Archana Keskar as Retail Business Development, Africa and Israel. Demian brings 15 years of valuable retail experience gained within the Middle East from retailers including Hamleys and Toys R Us.

Keskar will utilise her experiences of running consumer products in South East Asia for Turner and her previous experience at Disney Publishing in India to support one of Turner’s fastest growing regions in EMEA.

Vice President Alan Fenwick is enthusiastic about the new EMEA structure: “The business is carefully designed to be a truly client and retail-facing enterprise. In addition to promoting existing members of our talented team, we have also recruited some of the brightest talents from the industry – bringing a fresh perspective and a proven track record of success.

“By listening to our internal and external partners, we have redesigned the entire team and structured their roles to deliver the focused support that is essential to retailers and licensees.

"At the same time, we have fully-aligned the roles to collaborate more closely with our local channel and central support teams which we’re confident will bring innovative, integrated solutions for all our partners.”

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