Brian D. Goldner, Hasbro chairman, and CEO who liberate the company to greater heights has died on Tuesday 11 October 2021. Brian died after a long battle with cancer. He died at the age of 58.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and daughter, Brooke. Meanwhile, The Goldner family lose their son Brandon six years ago this month of an accidental opioid overdose.
Goldner’s death was announced by Hasbro principals Rich Stoddart, Deb Thomas, and Dolph Johnson to employees in an email with “profound and deep sadness”.
“In his more than two decades with Hasbro and thirteen years as our CEO,” they wrote, “Brian was the heart, soul, and visionary of the company, leading all of us with a passion to bring storytelling, joy, and laughter to children and families around the world. Brian’s tireless enthusiasm and drive transformed our company, and his tremendous leadership is responsible for growing Hasbro into the proud entertainment and play leader we are today.
“Our love and thoughts are with Brian’s wife, Barbara, his daughter Brooke, and the entire Goldner family. We will honor Brian’s legacy every day at Hasbro by continuing to work with the same passion, kindness, and enthusiasm that defined Brian as a leader.
“We all have so many fond memories of Brian. Sharing them with each other will help to ensure his spirit and legacy live on. We look forward to coming together as a Hasbro family to celebrate Brian, his legacy, and to share our collective stories and memories, as he would want. In the meantime, we invite everyone to share your memories, thoughts, and condolences” at a dedicated online site.
In 2000, Goldner joined Hasbro as president of the U.S. Toys division, after arriving at Rhode Island from Bandai North America.
Goldner’s last major acquisition was of Entertainment One, for $3.8 billion in 2019. He also acquired the rights to Disney’s blockbuster Frozen lines in a deal that struck a blow to arch-rival Mattel, which had previously owned the rights.
Someone wrote: “My most sincere and deepest condolences to all of his family. Brian was not only an incredible and passionate leader but a GREAT person who cared about all of us at Hasbro. He was a true inspiration that made it easy to be the best you could be. You will be deeply missed but we will do everything we can to ensure your vision and passion live on at Hasbro RIP Brian.”
Another wrote: “The last time I met with Brian at the Wizards office, I had the pleasure of playing a game of Dungeons & Dragons with him,”
He took to roleplaying with enthusiasm and good humor, just like he approached leadership. Brian’s positive presence and strong guidance will be missed.”
An employee wrote: “Through COVID and all the challenges we faced, Brian put us first and I always felt proud to have him as our leader. He prioritized keeping us all in jobs in a time when so many were worried about losing theirs. I will always remember his kindness and be thankful for how he ran this wonderful company and the fact that I am able to be part of such a wonderful team. He will be missed. Praying for love and comfort for his family in this time.”
The company had announced in 2020 that Goldner had been undergoing continued treatment after a 2014 cancer diagnosis.
Final arrangements had not been announced by Tuesday evening.