Company Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner died Tuesday at the age of 58 Confirmed, just two days after he said he was taking a medical leave of absence to focus on his health, following his revelations last year that he was taking care of cancer that was first treated in 2014 .
The toy company did not disclose the cause of Goldner’s death, but called him the “beloved leader” of the team.
Rich Stoddart, who was appointed interim CEO on Sunday, said in a statement that Goldner was the “heart and soul” of the company and that his “visionary leadership, kindness and generosity” made him a favorite in the Hasbro community.
Goldner joined the company in 2000 and was appointed CEO in 2008 and chairman of the board in 2015. During his time leading the company, Hasbro’s annual income grew 36% from $4.02 billion in 2008 to $5.47 billion in 2020, more than tripled operating profit to $976 million, and it rolled out NERF Ultra and PLAY-DOH compounds, among other toys. Hasbro Pulse Also launched during his tenure, it brought experiences such as fan events and exclusive toys offered from various brands.