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Diane Nelson, already the president of DC Entertainment and president and CCO of Warner Bros. Interactive, is expanding her duties, becoming the new head of Warner Bros Consumer Products.
The move comes as Brad Globe, the division’s president since 2005, announced he is stepping down in spring 2016. The 61-year old exec, a veteran in entertainment licensing having worked at DreamWorks SKG and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, is retiring.
According to the company he will work with Nelson in the coming months to assure a smooth management transition, with the plan for Nelson to name Globe’s successor in 2016.
“With more and more of our consumer products business being directly driven by DC characters and storylines, a closer alignment of the divisions makes a lot of sense for us,” said Warners chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara. “Diane’s background, which includes a great balance of business, creative and marketing, will help us bring fans exciting news ways to enjoy all of Warner Bros.’ great entertainment properties through wide-reaching, innovative consumer products experiences.”
The move is a major one for Nelson, who will now ostensibly oversee every major division of the entertainment corporation except for film, television, and music. She already oversaw over 2200 employees and the new responsibility will only add to that.
Nelson previously served at the president of Warner Premiere, the company’s direct-to-DVD and digital content business and was also the executive vp of global brand management for Warner Bros. where she worked closely with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.
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