Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner has died, the toy maker said on Tuesday, just two days after Goldner resigned to take medical leave.
Goldner, 58, revealed last year that he has been on treatment for prostate cancer since 2014. He joined the company in 2000 and was appointed CEO in 2008.
Rich Stoddart, an independent director on Hasbro’s board, was appointed interim CEO when Goldner’s departure was announced. Stoddart has served on the Hasbro Board of Directors since 2014 and was previously CEO of marketing firm InnerWorkings and advertising agency Leo Burnett Worldwide.
“Since joining the company over two decades ago, Brian has been the heart and soul of Hasbro,” Stoddart said in a statement. “As a charismatic and passionate leader in the game and entertainment industries, Brian’s work has brought joy and laughter to children and families around the world.”
Hasbro is known for its “My Little Pony” toys and its partnership with “Star Wars” and Marvel. This also makes Monopoly, which has seen increased sales during the pandemic as lockdowns resulted in increased time spent with family.