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License Global Honors 19 Female Leaders Who Have Impacted Licensing Industry with Inaugural “The Influentials” List


December 2017 Issue Also Highlights 58 Female Licensing “Game Changers”; Top Women-Led Brand Licensing Agencies
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Dec. 14, 2017) –License Global magazine, the licensing industry’s thought leader, has released its inaugural “The Influentials” list, which honors women who have impacted the licensing industry in a significant way. The honorees are established industry leaders from highly-respected companies including BBC Worldwide, CAA-GBG, Meredith Corporation, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros. and IMG, among others. The December 2017 issue also recognizes 58 “Game Changers” who are making a mark on the business of brand licensing as well as 32 leading global licensing agencies that are helmed by women.
Known for its pulse on the industry, License Global magazine also hosts the NYC Summit, which takes place February 20, 2018 at the Convene event venue in New York City’s Times Square. For more information about the event and to register, please visit
“Licensing is a dynamic and rapidly-evolving business, and the women represented on our first-ever ‘The Influentials’ list are a testament to the incredible trajectory in store for our industry,” said Steven Ekstract, Group Publisher, License Global magazine. “As the voice of the licensing industry, we felt it was critical to shine a light on the incredible wins these leaders and women-led agencies achieve every day. I encourage anyone who interacts with the licensing industry to take a close look at these women and their accomplishments, as I have no doubt we’ll continue to see their work at the front and center of our business.”
Honorees were nominated by their peers in the licensing industry, followed by strict vetting and evaluation by License Global magazine’s editorial team to select the final 19 winners. The “Game Changers” were nominated by License Global’s active and engaged readership. Many of the companies on “The Influentials” list are also staples at Licensing Expo, the world’s largest tradeshow dedicated to brand licensing, which takes place May 22-24, 2018 in Las Vegas. For more information and to register for Licensing Expo, click here.
This year’s honorees on “The Influentials” list include:

  • Allison Ames, chief executive officer, Beanstalk
  • Adina Avery-Grossman, partner, Brandgenuity
  • Leigh Anne Brodsky, executive vice president, Discovery Global Enterprises
  • Elise Contarsy, vice president, brand licensing, Meredith Corporation
  • Angela Farrugia, executive vice president and group managing director, CAA-GBG
  • Nancy Fowler, principal, The Licensing Shop
  • Janet Hsu, chief executive officer, Saban Brands
  • Kathy Ireland, chief executive officer and chief designer, Kathy Ireland Worldwide
  • Debra Joester, president, The Joester Loria Group
  • Pam Kaufman, chief marketing officer and president, consumer products, Nickelodeon
  • June Lee, head of global business and sales and brand marketing director, ROI Visual
  • Pam Lifford, president, Warner Bros. Consumer Products
  • Joanne Loria, executive vice president and chief operating officer, The Joester Loria Group
  • Marilu Magsaysay Corpus, chairwoman and chief executive officer, Click! Licensing Asia
  • Carla Peyton, senior vice president, licensed consumer products, BBC Worldwide Americas
  • Kerry Phelan, president global franchise management, Lionsgate
  • Maca Rotter, president and chief executive officer, La Panadería Licensing and Marketing
  • Miki Yamamoto, senior vice president, Asia, IMG Licensing
  • Rosa Zeegers, executive vice president, consumer products and experiences, National Geographic Partners


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