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Children’s Place names new board member

BY Staff Writer

Secaucus, N.J. — The Children’s Place Retail Stores has named Tricia Griffith to the company’s board of directors.

Griffith currently holds the position of claims group president for Progressive Insurance, where she has responsibility for the direct management of the claims organization, overseeing 12,000 employees across the United States. Griffith joined Progressive Insurance in 1988 and held positions of increasing responsibility, including six years as chief human resources officer, prior to her appointment in 2008 as claims group president. She received her bachelor degree from Illinois State University.

The addition of Griffith will expand the company’s board of directors from eight to nine.

"Tricia has broad-based managerial, human resources and corporate governance experience," commented Norman Matthews, chairman of the board. "We are pleased to welcome her to The Children’s Place Board."

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Hasbro builds European presence

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LONDON — Showcasing its brands at Brand Licensing Europe this week, Hasbro said it is well-positioned to expand its retail presence in new and emerging markets throughout Europe with innovative and trend-forward licensing programs across many licensing categories. This growth has been driven by Hasbro expanding its U.K. and France licensing teams while at the same time opening new offices and further developing relationships with leading retailers in Russia, Germany, Poland, Turkey, and Spain over the past year.

“Hasbro has significantly increased its presence throughout Europe as a stand-out innovator and mega licensor,” said Simon Waters, SVP globallLicensing and publishing at Hasbro. “Consumers can expect to see a broad and impressive line-up of licensed merchandise landing on store shelves this year, which is a direct result of Hasbro expanding its presence in key European regions with new offices, expanded teams and flawless execution of signing deals with market-leading licensees.”

At the BLE Hasbro will showcase key licensing categories, including apparel, consumer electronics, digital gaming, home, food, and toys.

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Fashion designer donates $5 million to NYC charity

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NEW YORK — Fashion designer Michael Kors has donated $5 million to God’s Love We Deliver (God’s Love), the New York-based non-profit organization that cooks and delivers individually tailored meals daily to people living with severe illnesses throughout New York City, Newark and Hudson County. This gift serves as one of the largest single donations to a social services organization in New York history.

In early 2013, God’s Love will commence a major renovation of its facility in SoHo. In recognition of the gift, God’s Love will re-name its building "The Michael Kors Building".

"God’s Love does life-changing, life-saving work, and it’s been an honor working with the team throughout the years," said Kors. "There are so many people living with cancer, HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses who need the care and the assistance God’s Love offers. My support for the organization is lifelong and I am proud to be a part of the God’s Love family."

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