SIMON GARDNER


With over 20 years experience in Toys, Games, Child and Family Entertainment
and Brand Marketing and Leadership, I combine strong creative, commercial and financial capabilities.

I have worked within an environment that demands the highest standards, and the toughest deadlines. It has required the global co-ordination of major entertainment events, and a level-headed approach to complexity and pressure.

My consulting practice has covered a wide range of projects focusing on process re-structuring, innovation, leadership development, coaching and facilitation and new business development.

Prior to this, I was the President of the European Division of the US public company, Hasbro Inc. In this role I led a multi-dimensional, highly diverse and challenging organisation. In addition I was the Chief Marketing Officer of Hasbro Inc where I led
the development and implementation of a company-wide Innovation and Global Brand Marketing process .

My key strengths are strategic vision, people-leadership, collaborative management, international organisational design, creative brand development, process streamlining and the communication of a company’s core endeavour.

Recent role descriptions

Significant experience in brand building, licensing and acquisition with the subsequent optimisation of business portfolios across the world.
Lead negotiator and deal-maker for major licensing arrangements and strategic alliances.
Leadership of 22 business units with direct P&L responsibility for a $1 billion European-wide business.
Leader of a diverse, high level team including functional reports of Finance, Marketing, R&D, Operations, IT, Legal, Manufacturing, HR, and
European Country MD’s.
Leader of a diverse, high level team including functional reports of Finance, Marketing, R&D, Operations, IT, Legal, Manufacturing, HR, and European Country MD’s.
Global retail management and the creation of new business opportunities in both the digital and traditional retail environments.
Creative leader and catalyst in new product and new business development.
Creator of a new creative and marketing methodology to create a relentlessly repeatable, and proprietary global brand development process.

Recent 360 degree feedback from Senior colleagues state

"A very supportive leader who is people focused, decisive and trust-worthy".

"A visionary, strategic and creative leader."

"Has good business insight, highly intelligent, but someone who can simplify things."

"Simon is the best presenter and communicator I have ever seen ...
and I have seen a lot!"

Recent comments and references on Simon Gardner

"Thank you for the inspiration you have given me …you seem to have a unique balance of creativity, energy and gravitas…thanks "

"I know how much of an impact you have had on this organisation, and the legacy of committed and talented people you have created"

"You have been a shining example to us of a wonderful leader …thank you for setting an amazing example to all of us"

"Thanks for leaving us with such an incredible legacy for change"

"Simon has proven himself to be an effective leader, his strategic and leadership skills and his passion for Hasbro has always been clear – I will personally miss you and you’re good counsel"

"Your decisiveness, common sense, creativity and approachability have long been valued by me”"