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GameStop names new vice president of ThinkGeek as retailer continues expansion of toy and collectables arm

Video game retailer GameStop has named Dawn Henry is new vice president of its pop culture merchandise division, ThinkGeek.

In her new role, Henry will work to accelerate the division’s growth, the retailer has stated.

She will report to senior vice president Janet Bareis, who is responsible for developing and supporting the company’s overall strategy and merchandising operations within the growing collectables business.

Henry boasts many years of experience in retail and merchandising. Before joining ThinkGeek she spent eight years at Walmart Stores in a variety of senior buyer roles and before that spent ten years working for companies such as Olin Winchester, Georgia Pacific and Lucent Tchnologies.

“Adding a seasoned toy and licensed retail merchant such as Dawn to our team demonstrated our continued commitment to further accelerate growth of our global collectables business,” said Bareis.

“Having worked with Dawn while I was at Walmart, I know first hand how fortunate we are to have such an accomplished and innovative merchant leading our ThinkGeek division.”

This is the latest move in GameStop’s planned expansion strategy. The company also recently added Kris Ventura as vice president of collectables merchaindsing.

The company is currently considering a potential buyout, it was reported last week. It has struggled in recent years with the growing popularity of digital games and streaming, and with the competition of online retailers such as Amazon.

The company reported a net loss of $105.9 million for the 2017 fiscal year. 

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Robert Hutchins is the editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. Hutchins has worked his way up from Staff Writer to the position of Editor across the two titles, having spent some six years with both ToyNews and Licensing.biz, and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@bizmedia.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobHutchins3 if ranting is your thing...

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