The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) has announced the appointment of five new members to its Board of Directors. The new members are Mike Brown, Vice President of Licensing and Partnership Management at American Greetings; Marilu Corpus, President and Chief Executive Officer at Click! Licensing Asia Inc.; Paul Flett, Brand Management and Licensing Agent at United Talent Agency; Christian Fortmann, Managing Partner at 24 IP Law Group; and Darran Garnham, Chief Business Development Officer at Mind Candy. The five executives were elected to three-year terms beginning this July.
Brown is a member of LIMA, and has served as Vice President of Licensing and Partnership Management at American Greetings since 2005. He oversees rights acquisitions for intellectual property opportunities in North America, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Brown joined American Greetings in 1999 as Vice President of Licensing for Inbound and Outbound Licensing after a career with at Western Publishing, Beach Products, Contempo Colors, and Keebler.
Corpus returns to the LIMA Board after serving from 2007-2010, and has 29 years of international licensing and marketing experience. In 1998, Corpus founded Click! Licensing Asia in the Philippines, and has managed properties that range from lifestyle and entertainment to educational brands.
Flett has 25 years of experience in media, licensing, consumer marketing, and sales. He is currently the Brand Management and Licensing Agent for the United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills. He manages existing brands, acquires and develops new ones, and develops international opportunities for the agency’s talent roster. Prior to joining United Talent Agency, Flett was the Senior Vice President of Licensing for Skechers USA Inc. During his three-year tenure there, he expanded the licensee base from five to 58 licensees, established a global agent network, and executed an alliance with Li & Fung. During his career, Flett has held senior positions at Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Munchkin Inc., Sega Europe, Mattel, L’Oréal, and Nestle.
Fortmann holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in Intellectual Property Litigation. Fortmann has been an active member of LIMA Germany for more than 12 years, and, more recently, has been active in the U.S. and UK in various functions, including as a speaker and panelist in conferences and webinars.
Garnham is in charge of developing and implementing Mind Candy’s global licensing strategy and has experience in IP management including, TV, film, entertainment, and lifestyle brands. He currently manages the off-line expansion of Mind Candy’s Moshi Monsters brand and has experience in international product distribution and manufacturing opportunities. Prior to joining Mind Candy, Garnham was responsible for establishing and managing a network of offices throughout 22 countries in Eastern Europe and CIS for Kidz Entertainment, where he managed a portfolio of licensing rights for brands such as 20th Century Fox, BBC Worldwide, DreamWorks, Lego, Paramount, and Sony.