Hasbro announced on Tuesday that its Chairman and CEO Brian Goldner has passed away. He was 58.
Hasbro did not reveal a cause of death, but The Hollywood Reporter news website stated Goldner had previously told shareholders he was receiving treatment for prostate cancer. Hasbro announced on October 10 that Goldner was taking a medical leave of absence from his position, and stated he had been undergoing continued treatment for cancer since 2014.
Goldner joined Hasbro in 2000 and became its CEO in 2008. He oversaw the company as such franchises like Transformers, G.I. Joe, and My Little Pony received successful film and television adaptations. Goldner served as producer on many of those projects including the 2007 Transformers film and the more recent Bumblebee film.
Hasbro acquired Power Rangers and several other brands from Saban Properties in 2018.
Goldner was also on the board of directors for ViacomCBS as the chair of the compensation committee. Before joining Hasbro, Goldner was the COO of Bandai America.
Hasbro's President and Chief Operating Officer John Frascotti retired from the position on March 31, but is still employed as a special adviser to Goldner until April 1, 2022. Rich Stoddart is Hasbro's interim CEO.
Sources: Hasbro's Twitter account, The Hollywood Reporter (Alex Weprin)