The Topps company announced some big news yesterday. Michael Eisner, the former Disney exec who (along with Madison Dearborn) bought Topps in 2007, has gobbled up outgoing TV Guide CEO Ryan O’Hara to fill the same position with the famed trading card company.
O’Hara, who stepped down at TV Guide last week, is scheduled to make the move from Los Angeles to New York City on March 1st. O’Hara will take over for Scott Silverstein, who will remain on as a member of the board of directors. More details after the jump!
While the move may strike some as odd, top hobby companies have been in the habit of hiring outside the domain. In addition, when Eisner took the reins, he made no bones about his intentions to make Topps more of a media company. That being the case, hiring the former TV Guide CEO may not be such a bad idea.
O’Hara isn’t completely out of his element. Topps does own some confection properties, and O’Hara used to work at Nestle.
In a statement released yesterday, O’Hara was quoted as saying: "I am thrilled to take on this new role. …The ability to work with Michael Eisner and Madison Dearborn Partners on the evolution of Topps makes this an incredibly exciting opportunity. No brand had more of an impact on me when I was a kid than Topps, and I look forward to working with the entire Topps team to strengthen and grow this iconic company."
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