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Mattel Appoints Brian Fitzharris Senior Vice President and General Manager, Fisher-Price

Brian Fitzharris (Photo: Business Wire)
Brian Fitzharris (Photo: Business Wire)

EAST AURORA, N.Y., April 18, 2024--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) announced today that Brian Fitzharris has been appointed as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Fisher-Price, effective April 22, 2024. Fitzharris will lead the Fisher-Price Infant and Toddler Core brands and serve as leader of the company’s East Aurora, NY campus. Fitzharris will report to Lisa McKnight, Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer at Mattel.

"We are thrilled to welcome Brian back to Mattel in this pivotal role at such an exciting time for Fisher-Price as we seek to strengthen our leadership position in this important category," said McKnight. "At 94 years young, Fisher-Price has so much more room to grow, and under Brian’s management, the future is bright. His expertise as an operating leader combined with a proven track record of product development, and launching and revitalizing brands bodes well for Fisher-Price's long-term growth and success."


Fitzharris returns to Mattel following his most recent position as Chief Commercial Officer at PlayMonster, where he led the toy company’s Global Marketing and Sales teams.

Prior to his tenure at PlayMonster, Fitzharris spent 16 years with Mattel in senior leadership positions across commercial and brand. He fostered top relationships with Walmart & Sam’s Club as Vice President of Sales and served in senior international commercial roles, where he spearheaded and implemented marketing strategies for Mattel’s full portfolio of brands across Asia-Pacific and EMEA. Additionally, he held key roles across Mattel’s global brand teams, most notably contributing to the launch of Mattel’s licensed product line for Disney Pixar Cars, the expansion of Hot Wheels, and the revitalization of the Barbie brand.

"It is an honor to return to Mattel and be entrusted with overseeing a brand as iconic as Fisher-Price," added Fitzharris. "Fisher-Price is the #1 Infant, Toddler, and Preschool brand for a reason. For nearly a century, Fisher-Price has been a leader in child development; constantly creating new and innovative ways to support families and ensure children get their best possible start. That’s why Fisher-Price is cherished by parents and caregivers around the world. I can’t wait to collaborate with this incredible team to drive Fisher-Price’s next chapter of growth."

Fitzharris will relocate to the Buffalo area and be based at Mattel and Fisher-Price's East Aurora campus.

About Mattel

Mattel is a leading global toy and family entertainment company and owner of one of the most iconic brand portfolios in the world. We engage consumers and fans through our franchise brands, including Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, Fisher-Price®, American Girl®, Thomas & Friends™, UNO®, Masters of the Universe®, Matchbox®, Monster High®, MEGA® and Polly Pocket®, as well as other popular properties that we own or license in partnership with global entertainment companies. Our offerings include toys, content, consumer products, digital and live experiences. Our products are sold in collaboration with the world’s leading retail and ecommerce companies. Since its founding in 1945, Mattel is proud to be a trusted partner in empowering generations to explore the wonder of childhood and reach their full potential. Visit us at

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