NPD names new Europe Toys president

Former P&G and GfK executive François Klipfel joins the NPD Group to lead regional business and spark new initiatives in associated industries

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 14.05.2019 | Business

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The NPD Group is to put a greater emphasis on the toy industry and its “myriad opportunities and challenges” with a new president for its Europe toys business. 

François Klipfel will take up the new role, and will be responsible for continuing the successful development of the company’s toys practice in Europe. He is also tasked with starting new initiatives in adjacent industries such as entertainment.

François will report into Gerhard Hausruckinger, NPD Group President for Europe and APAC, who says: “François has a proven track record as a successful leader, bringing with him a strong reputation for personnel development and team building. His experience and proven ability to deliver results will be a valuable asset as The NPD Group executes on its strategic priorities and plans for sustainable growth.”

François has more than 25 years in sales and management, beginning his career at Procter and Gamble before moving to GfK France where he took a multitude of roles, including deputy managing director and member of the management board of the South West Europe region.

François adds: “I am honoured and thrilled to take on this role and look forward to working with NPD’s talented team to undertake the myriad opportunities and challenges facing the toy industry in today’s increasingly competitive and ever-changing entertainment landscape.”

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