2015 Licensing Expo Keynote – Executive Bios
Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc.
As Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc., Richard Barry leads all merchandising initiatives for the company’s U.S. operations, including Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores nationwide and the legendary FAO Schwarz flagship store in New York City, as well as the company’s dedicated e-commerce sites. In this role, Mr. Barry oversees a team of merchants in identifying and monitoring worldwide product trends and innovations to advance the company’s position as THE toy and baby products authority. Additionally, he is the Chair of the Global Commercial Committee. This group is responsible for delivering a coordinated strategic approach to all commercial aspects of the business. The Committee executes a unified approach to key merchandising initiatives through implementation of best practices, communication and collaboration, as well as the development of key merchandising and licensing partnerships.
During his nearly 30-year tenure at Toys“R”Us, which spans across the U.S. and the U.K., he has accumulated broad experience in all aspects of sales, operations and merchandising, through roles of increasing seniority. Mr. Barry joined Toys“R”Us, Inc. in 1985 as a part-time employee in the U.K., and in 2004, he was promoted to Merchandising Director for Toys“R”Us, International, where he managed buying decisions for categories including Video Games, Electronics, Learning and Sports.
The following year, Mr. Barry was appointed Vice President, Divisional Merchandising Manager for the Learning, Electronics and Entertainment businesses for the company’s U.S. toy stores. In 2010, he was named Vice President, General Merchandising Manager, Toys“R”Us, U.S., overseeing the Learning, Electronics and Entertainment product categories. In February 2012, Mr. Barry was promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, U.S. and was subsequently named to his current position in October of the same year.
Mr. Barry serves on the Board of the Entertainment Merchants Association. In addition, he was elected to the Board of Directors for the Toy Industry Association in February 2013, as well as the Toy Industry Foundation in February 2014.
President, Global Brands Group
President and an Executive Director of Global Brands Group (“GBG”) since May 2014, Mr. Famulak is responsible for managing GBG’s business operations globally. In 2000, he joined Li & Fung and assumed various senior management roles in Asia, Europe and the United States before moving into his role at GBG.
Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Colby International Limited and was a partner in the law firm of Baker & McKenzie, Hong Kong office. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA (Honours) in 1983 and from the University of Saskatchewan with a bachelor of laws degree in 1988. He was formerly a member of The Law Society of Hong Kong until 2002, and became a member of The Law Society of England and Wales in 1993 and The Law Society of British Columbia (Canada) in 1989.
Founder – CEO, Delivery Agent, Inc.
The media and entertainment landscape is rapidly evolving as audiences increasingly demand the ability to access, interact and transact with media and entertainment anywhere, anytime and on any connected device. As Delivery Agent, Inc.’s founder and CEO, Mike Fitzsimmons and his team have developed and commercialized the only omni-screen platform that transforms the way audiences interact with premium entertainment content while generating new revenue opportunities for the media ecosystem. Under Mike’s leadership, Delivery Agent has become the trailblazer in shopping-enabled media, powering contextual commerce for major television networks including NBC, FOX, CBS, HBO and Discovery; device manufacturers including Samsung and Roku; recording artists from Dave Matthews to Katy Perry and hundreds of brands and advertisers including H&M, Toyota, and Pepsi.
As a recognized expert on commerce and convergence, Mike has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, USA Today, Good Morning America, Bloomberg, Forbes, CNN, CNBC, Fast Company, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and spoken at premiere industry events including The Media and Entertainment Forum, The Aspen Institute, Ad Tech and OnHollywood. Additionally, Mike was and named an EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. Under Mike’s direction, Delivery Agent was named the No. 1 Privately Held Media Company by Inc. magazine, awarded the Television of Tomorrow Annual Award for Leadership in Interactive and Multi-platform Television, ranked third on Deloitte & Touche’s Technology Fast 50 for Silicon Valley, named a Hot 100 company by Entrepreneur magazine and ranked an OnHollywood Top 100 Private Company by AlwaysOn.
CEO, Hot Topic, Inc.
Lisa Harper is the Chief Executive Officer of Hot Topic, Inc., a leading mall and web-based specialty retailer operating the Hot Topic and Torrid Concepts stores.
Hot Topic offers music/pop culture licensed and influenced apparel and accessories. Torrid retails on-trend fashion apparel, lingerie, and accessories for the young, voluptuous woman who wears size 12 and up. The company operates more than 950 stores in the U.S. and Canada.
Prior to Hot Topic, Lisa was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Gymboree Corporation, a publicly-traded corporation operating a chain of specialty retail stores for children and women, from June 2002 until her retirement in July 2006.
From 1995 through 2001, Lisa held various merchandising and design positions at the Gymboree Corporation and before that, held similar positions with several other clothing retailers, including Limited Too, Esprit de Corp., GapKids, Mervyn’s, and Levi Strauss. In addition, since 2008, Lisa has developed and operates Rancho Pescadaro, a boutique hotel in Baja, Mexico.