Hasbro announces changes to the Star Wars team
This morning Hasbro has sent word of changes to the Star Wars team. The biggest announcement is Mark Boudreaux one of the original designers from the Kenner days is retiring after 43 yrs.
Also leaving the team will be Sam Smith. Sam was Product Design Manager he will be moving on to another brand at Hasbro.
Chris Reiff will be joining the design team as Associate Principal Designer. Chris has been working on Star Wars for 25 yrs.
Vickie Stratford will continue her role as design lead for the Star Wars brand.
These are some interesting announcements to say the least. We would like to wish Mark the best in his retirement. We would also like to wish Sam the best in his new role.
The official release is below.
Reaching out today to share some news and announcements from the Hasbro Star Wars team. As a valued member of our Star Wars community there have been several personnel changes that we’d like to share.
· After 43 fantastic years creating some of the most iconic Star Wars toys and vehicles Mark Boudreaux will be retiring. His work has had a tangible impact on the Star Wars universe and been formative in creating the Hasbro Star Wars brand we know today.
· Chris Reiff will be joining the Hasbro Star Wars design team as an Associate Principal Designer. With experience in the industry and extensive knowledge of the Star Wars galaxy, including working professionally on Star Wars for 25 years, Hasbro is thrilled to have someone of Chris’ caliber join the team.
· Product Design Manager, Sam Smith will be moving off the Star Wars brand. After a successful tenure with Hasbro Star Wars, Sam will remain in the Hasbro family and lend his talents to a number of Hasbro action brands.
· Vickie Stratford, Senior Director of Product Design, will continue her role as design lead on the brand.