Rubie’s Chris Isitt steps down after 22 years

The VP of EMEA and Australia, and MD of Rubie’s Masquerade will depart next month, while Australian MD Peter Warton is upped to new role

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 27.01.2020 | Business

Rubie’s Chris Isitt steps down after 22 years thumbnail

Chris Isitt will step down as VP of EMEA and Australia, and Managing Director of Rubie’s Masquerade at the end of February, the company has confirmed.

He spent 22 years at the licensed costume and dress-up specialist, during which he “built an incredible team, oversaw major licensing portfolio acquisitions, and overall set us on a path to success in both the UK and European markets”, says company president and CEO Marc Beige.

“He will always be a treasured member of the Rubie’s family, and we wish him continued success in all of his endeavours,” Marc adds.

With Chris’ departure, Peter Warton, current MD of the party company’s Australian outpost, Rubie’s Deerfield, will be promoted to Executive Director of Rubie’s Masquerade and International Licensing.

Based primarily in the UK, Peter will continue to lead Deerfiled as well as working alongside UK Managing Director Holly Oldham to continue to grow the business, and Bristol Novelty’s Mike O’Connell.

“He is a proven leader with expertise in motivating individuals and teams, building strong partnerships with licensors and customers, and expanding operations,” Marc says, underlining the company’s “ongoing initiatives to evolve and transform the business in the new decade”.

Peter joins the company’s UK office in Oxfordshire next month.

Top image credit: cotswoldlife.co.uk
Smart Games unveils two new brain busters thumbnail

Smart Games unveils two new brain busters

Cube Duel and Plug & Play Puzzler join the Smart Toys and Games portfolio

HRH The Princess Royal reads Thomas and the Royal Engine thumbnail

HRH The Princess Royal reads Thomas and the Royal Engine

The Princess Royal marks the end of Save the Children’s Save With Stories initiative with the tale of Thomas the ...

Lego puts pop art back in the picture thumbnail

Lego puts pop art back in the picture

New Lego Art sets featuring Marvel and Star Wars characters and famous celebrities help adults get into the right ‘frame’ ...

Press Releases

Radio silence broken on Novel Entertainment’s new Horrid Henry podcast thumbnail

Radio silence broken on Novel Entertainment’s new Horrid Henry podcast

The first podcast based on the award-winning Horrid Henry TV series will launch this week under new ‘Horrid Henry Unlocked’ ...

APC Kids signs trio of deals for CTC Media’s Kid-E-Cats thumbnail

APC Kids signs trio of deals for CTC Media’s Kid-E-Cats

New deals sees hit property’s footprint expand in Asia, Latin America and North America

Live the track with the Lego Technic Ducati Panigale V4 R thumbnail

Live the track with the Lego Technic Ducati Panigale V4 R

The Lego Group has revealed its latest Lego Technic model – the Ducati Panigale V4 R

Have a field day with Britains’ New Holland Tractor! thumbnail

Have a field day with Britains’ New Holland Tractor!

Tomy has revealed the latest launch from Britains – a New Holland T8.435 Tractor