The ICTI CARE Process is governed by the Governance Board of the ICTI CARE Foundation, which is co-chaired by Mr. Alan Hassenfeld and Mme. Maria Livanos Cattaui.
Co-Chair: Alan Hassenfeld
Alan Hassenfeld is the former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Hasbro, Inc., a multi billion dollar international toy company. Under his leadership, Hasbro has become a worldwide leader in children’s and family entertainment. Its brands and products are some of the most recognizable and respected throughout the world.
Alan is a business leader with a passion for philanthropy. His far reaching impact has crossed local, regional, national and international borders. From the beginning of his career, he has been involved in literally hundreds of charitable and social causes. His enthusiasm and spirit has touched the lives of millions of people—and impacted communities across the world. Whether he is fighting for the human rights of manufacturing workers in Asia or making decisions as the Chairman of the Scholar Athlete Games, his energy and guidance always provide positive results.
Alan believes in active leadership. Through his charitable work and foundation participation, he has the ability to stay involved in hundreds of community, social and political causes. These include primarily children’s issues, social responsibility, and political reform. His goal is always to focus on what can be done better and what needs to be developed in order to establish foundations for future success.
Mr. Hassenfeld has been honored many times for his efforts. His awards come from diverse organizations including universities, charitable organizations, political and religious communities as well as corporate institutes. Many are lifetime awards—which is a reflection of his beliefs. Alan has focused much time throughout his life on issues and concerns throughout the world. He has used his position as Chairman of the Board at Hasbro to break barriers and build foundations, positively affecting the lives of people across the world.
Mr. Hassenfeld has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has numerous honorary degrees from prestigious universities around the world. He lives in Rhode Island, USA with his wife of 19 years.
Co-Chair: Maria Livanos Cattaui
Ms Maria Livanos Cattaui is a former Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (1996 to 2005). She has championed the role of world business in the global economy. She has been instrumental in establishing a global partnership between business and the United Nations, leading to greater business input into UN economic activities. Ms. Cattaui worked with the World Economic Forum in Geneva from 1977 to 1996, where she became Managing Director, responsible for the celebrated Annual Meeting in Davos, building the public awareness it enjoys today.
She holds Executive Board, Board and Advisory Board memberships on many organizations and institutions, including the International Crisis Group (Brussels), EastWest Institute (New York), the Institute of International Education (New York), the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), the International Youth Foundation (Baltimore), the Elliott School of International Affairs (George Washington University, Washington DC), the Schulich School of Business (York University, Toronto), the ICT4Peace Foundation (Switzerland).
Ms. Cattaui, of Greek origin and Swiss nationality, was educated in the United States. She graduated with honors from Harvard University and holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from York University, Toronto.
Lars Abel is Director of the Nordic Association of Toy Manufacturers (NordicToys) and has worked with the toy industry since 1995. Since 2009 he has been Danish Director of ICTI and since May 2012 he has been the international President of ICTI.
Mr. Abel is also the owner of the public affairs company European Advisers and in 2000 a founding member of the international Fipra public affairs network. Over the past more than 30 years he has been assisting some of the major both Danish and global industries with their activities in Denmark and in the EU.
A lecturer at the Copenhagen Business School and University of Copenhagen, Mr. Abel has also been a member of the European Union’s Committee of the Region from 1998 – 2006. From 1980-1989, he worked at the European Parliament as Personal Advisor to several Danish members, including former Vice-President and Danish Minister of Finance Poul Møller. Mr. Abel worked with the Federation of Danish Mechanical Engineering and Metal-Working Industries from 1976-1980 and prior to this worked with the Confederation of Danish Industries until 1976.
In 1970 Mr. Abel was the youngest ever elected member of a Danish Municipal Council, and ever since he has been a member of the Gladsaxe Municipal Council in the greater Copenhagen region and serving as a Deputy Mayor during several election periods. Mr. Abel is Chairman of The Centre for the Deaf which is Denmark’s largest provider of services for deaf, deaf-blind and severely hearing impaired persons. He is also Chairman of the Hospice Association for the Capital Region working to improve access to quality hospice and palliative care.
Already in his teens he was heavily involved in the activities of his local community in Gladsaxe. During his high school years he was the President of Gladsaxe TeenClub – at that time Denmark’s biggest pop club. On 7 September 1968 Lars Abel was on the scene introducing the first ever gig of what was to become the world phenomenon Led Zeppelin on the small school scene at Egegaard School in Gladsaxe.
In January 2011 Her Majesty the Danish Queen decorated Mr. Abel with the Order of Dannebrog.
Mr. Abel graduated in Business Economics from the Copenhagen Business School.
Peter Eio has more than 40 years experience in Marketing and General Management with leading global consumer brands including Alka-Seltzer, Brillo, Playtex and LEGO. For almost 20 years he was responsible for building LEGO businesses, first in the UK and subsequently in the US with a compound internal growth rate of 12% per annum. For over 12 years he served as President of LEGO in the Americas, developing the LEGO brand to the most respected in the US toy industry with a penetration of over 70% among families with children.
Mr. Eio, who was a member of the LEGO Global Management Team, led an organization of 1,100 employees with a turnover of $500 million based in Enfield, Connecticut. Prior to joining the LEGO Company, he spent 11 years with International Playtex Corporation where he served as General Manager of their Scandinavian operations.
Educated in the UK, Mr. Eio is an alumnus of the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland and holds an Honorary Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has served for 5 years as the Chair of the Board of Regents at the University of Hartford. Between 1998-2000 he served as Chair of the Toy Manufacturers of America and he currently serves on the board of Heska, a publicly quoted veterinary diagnostics business. He is Chairman of Reflexite Corporation, a global specialized technology company based in Connecticut. He also serves on the boards of a number of Foundations focusing on education and child health care.
Over his career he has held directorships in over a dozen countries and has a global network of contacts in various industries. In 1993 he was awarded the Prince Henrik Medal of Honour for services to Danish Industry. Mr. Eio lives in Old Lyme, Connecticut with his wife Penny and has 3 grown children. His interests include travel, theater, gardening and he is a keen boater.
Gary Hutchens has 40 years experience in the toy industry with Senior Sales and Marketing positions at Ideal Toy Corporation of Australia, Croner- Tyco and Mattel. He was Founder and Managing Director of Irwin Pacific in 1997. In 2002, Irwin Pacific merged with Dorcy Australia to become Dorcy Irwin Pacific and he was appointed CEO. Mr. Hutchens retired as CEO in January 2005.
He was elected to the Board of the Australian Toy Association in 1999 and in 2003 he became president of ATA and currently holds this position. Hutchens was Appointed Vice President of ICTI in May 2005.
He is also a Board member of Napier Street Community Aged Care Hostel, and Foundation Patron- Gasworks Community Arts Park.
George Irwin is Chairman and CEO of IToys Inc. IToys now operates in the United States, Canada and the UK and sells through distributors in the rest of the world. Itoys sources and manufactures product in China in ICTI approved facilities. Previously, Mr. Irwin was President and COO for General Creation (GC) toys where he managed the day-to-day business of the company including operations, product development, sales, marketing and orient manufacturing. He worked closely to bring GC’s structure and systems in line with best industry practices. He also worked for Irwin Toy Limited for 18 years in various capacities including as Sr. Product Manager, VP of Marketing, Product Development and Orient Outsourcing and finally as President and CEO. Mr. Irwin grew Irwin Toy Limited’s international presence by establishing a subsidiary company in the US, Australia and Hong Kong which contributed to growing the business to over $70 million.
Mr. Irwin has degrees from Ridley College and the University of Western Ontario. He is a Former Director and Chair of the Audit Committee and Conduct Review Committee of CIBC Trust, and a past Chairman of both the Canadian Toy Association and Concerned Children’s Advertisers among various professional affiliations.
Lisa Klein joined Mattel in 2011 as senior vice president of corporate responsibility for Mattel, Inc. In this role she is responsible for leading Mattel’s efforts around all aspects of global product integrity, corporate responsibility audit, environmental health & safety and corporate affairs, which includes corporate communications, government affairs, philanthropy, sustainability and ethical sourcing.
Prior to joining Mattel, Klein had an extensive career with Ford Motor Company and held several executive positions in Supply Chain, Engineering, Global Procurement and Manufacturing in Asia, Europe and North America. Klein also led the efforts in Corporate Quality, Business Integration, Sustainability and Regulatory Compliance for such companies as Edwards Ltd., Syncreon and most recently, Coherix – a global solutions provider that manages precision manufacturing processes for the automotive, semiconductor and healthcare sectors.
In addition to her in]depth knowledge across multiple disciplines, Klein has first]hand experience in the international arena after spending eight years living abroad in the UK, Korea and Thailand.
Klein received a Bachelor of Arts degree and an M.B.A. from Michigan State University. Klein has also served on the boards of two technology start]ups.
Alan Edward Munn served as President and CEO of Tomy Europe from 1995 to March 2005. Prior to joining Tomy, he was Senior V.P with Hasbro International, a position he held following the acquisition of Milton Bradley in 1984. He was Managing Director of Milton Bradley, UK, Holland and Eire from1976-1984. A former management consultant, he was brought into Airfix Industries and then joined them from 1971 until 1976 as Deputy Managing Director.
In 1982, he was elected to the board of the British Toy and Hobby Association (BTHA) and has been a director until retirement in March 2005. He was appointed Chairman from 1990-1992 and President from 1993-1996. Whilst Chairman, he went on to form Toy Industries of Europe (TIE), a Brussels based action group representing the interests of the European toy industry. He was Chairman of TIE from 2000-2002 and President from 2002-2004. Also during his Chairmanship of the BTHA, he formed the Toy Trust, which is the UK toy industries charity for disadvantaged children. During his 10 years as chairman more than £2,000,000 was raised and distributed.
In February 2005, Alan was honored by the Toy Retailers Association, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for services to the toy industry.
Jane Nelson is the Director of the Harvard Kennedy School's CSR Initiative, and a Senior Fellow at the school's Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government. She serves as a Director at the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) and is a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution. During 2001 she worked in the office of the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, preparing a report for the United Nations General Assembly on cooperation between the UN and the private sector, which supported the first UN resolution on such cooperation.
Prior to joining the IBLF, Jane was a Vice President at Citibank and responsible for marketing for the bank's Worldwide Securities Services business and Financial Institutions Group in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. She has worked for the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Africa preparing a report for the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, and for FUNDES (Fundación para desarrollo sostenible) in Latin America undertaking research on small enterprise development. Jane has authored four books and over 50 fifty reports, papers, book chapters and articles on public-private partnerships and the changing role of business in society, especially in emerging markets, and co-authored four of the World Economic Forum's Global Corporate Citizenship reports.
Ms. Nelson serves on the advisory councils or boards of the World Environment Center, the ImagineNations Group, the Initiative for Global Development, the International Council of Toy Industries CARE process, the 21st Century Trust, the U.K. Environment Foundation, Instituto Ethos in Brazil, the International Council of Mining and Metals Resource Endowment Initiative, and on the faculty for Cambridge University’s ‘Business and Poverty’ leadership program. She has a BSc. Agricultural Economics from the University of Natal, South Africa, and an MA Politics, Philosophy and Economics, from Oxford University, and has been a Rhodes Scholar, a Rotary International student, a fellow of the 21st Century Trust, an Aspen Institute scholar, and recipient of the Keystone Center's 2005 ‘Leadership in Education’ Award.
William S. Reese
Mr. Reese was appointed President and CEO of IYF in January 2005. He first joined IYF in May 1998 as its Chief Operating Officer. Since 1987, he served as President of Partners of the Americas. He was ten years with the Peace Corps, first as a volunteer, and later as director of Brazil operations. In 2004, the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development reappointed Mr. Reese chairman of the government’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Assistance, a position he has held since 1997.
Arnie Rubin has been active in the toy industry for over forty years He is both Chairman of the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI), a role he assumed in June 2009, and also Chairman of the Toy Industry Foundation. He served as Chairman of the Toy Industry Association in the USA from May 2004 to May 2006. Rubin, a Los Angeles native, began his first job working in the toy industry at Chemical Sundries west coast plant as a "bubble" mixer before graduating from Fairfax High School in 1965. Only four years later, he was one of four co-founders of Imperial Toy. After almost two decades there, Rubin left to form Funrise Toy Corporation in 1987. With offices in Los Angeles, New York, France, the U.K. and Hong Kong, Funrise's toys are known to parents throughout the world as being synonymous with "light and sound," the company's most popular toys being emergency vehicles with working sirens and lights.
Arnie Rubin is also a leader when it comes to setting an example as a major supporter of a number of charitable organizations. In addition to the great help he has given to the Anti-Defamation League over the years, Rubin has served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Braille Institute for ten years, and was Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Institute for Families of Blind Children. Since 1996, he has combined his work with his charitable efforts by organizing the Toy Run for Kids benefiting Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
Shi Xiao-Guang is President of China Toy and Juvenile Products Association and Independent Board Member of Good Baby Child Products Co. Ltd. He graduated from the Beijing Chemistry University in the 1970s and completed training programs in Scientific Center in Toronto, Canada, National Administration University of China, and China-Europe International Business School respectively.
Mr. Shi has worked for the Beijing Chemistry Research Institute, Beijing Scientific Information Institute, China Science and Technology Association, China Science & Technology Commission, and China Scientific Instrument Import & Export Corporation. From 1989- 2007, he served as the President of the China National Arts & Crafts (Group) Corporation. In 2005, Mr. Shi became the president of China Toy and Juvenile Products Association and in 2010 became an Independent Board Member of Good Baby Child Products Co. Ltd.
Pär Stenbäck has had a distinguished career, primarily in the public and nonprofit sectors. He was Editor at the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation from 1962-1968, then served for 15 years starting in 1970 as a Member of Parliament in Finland. He was the Minister of Education in Finland from 1979-1982, then the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1982-1983.
Mr. Stenbäck was International Youth Foundation’s Vice President for Europe from 1997-2006 and has also served as President, Foundation for Swedish Culture in Finland; Chairman of the Finnish Red Cross; Secretary General, Nordic Council of Ministers; Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; and Secretary General, Finnish Red Cross. Mr. Stenbäck is also an active member in various organizations including Chairman of the Senate, European Cultural Parliament; Founding and Executive Board member, International Crisis Group.
Mr. Kenneth Ting Woo-Shou is Chairman of Kader Industrial Company Limited. He received his degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois then joined the company in 1968. He came up through the ranks under the traditional Chinese apprenticeship system becoming Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Kader Industrial Company Limited in 1979. Mr. Ting oversaw the company's move of its manufacturing operations from Hong Kong to China and was successful in listing Kader's parent company, Kader Holdings Company Limited, on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1985.
Mr Ting’s public service record includes participation in many civic, industrial and governmental bodies, including his election to the Hong Kong Legislative Council as a representative of the Industrial (First) Functional Constituency from 1998—2004. Mr. Ting also served as the Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries from 2004—2007, and as a member of the Jiangsu and Guangdong Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conferences.
In recognition to his contributions to the industry, Mr. Kenneth Ting was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 from his peers at the Hong Kong Toys Manufacturers' Association.
Auret van Heerden
Auret van Heerden is President and CEO of the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and has more than 30 years experience in international human and labor rights. He began campaigning for workers’ rights as a young student in apartheid South Africa and co-authored a book in 1976 that called for trade union rights for black workers. He served two terms as president of the National Union of South African Students. After graduating in industrial sociology from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, he founded an institute that provided research and training services to trade unions and civil society groups. He was forced into exile in May 1987 after long periods of solitary confinement and torture.
In 1988, Auret joined the International Labor Organization (ILO) and worked on its Program of Action against Apartheid in Geneva until 1994 when the new democratic South African government appointed him Labor Attaché in the South African Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva. He returned to the ILO in 1996, where he worked on labor relations issues in 25 zone-operating countries and established a Swiss-funded project to improve labor relations in Special Economic Zones in China.
Mr. T.S. Wong , Chairman of Jetta Company Ltd., Honorary President of Hong Kong Toys Council, graduated from Hong Kong Technical College in 1967 and has worked in the toy industry in areas such as quality and engineering since graduation. He is a Chartered Engineer, and Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers. Mr. Wong is the Honorary President of Hong Kong Toys Council and Toys Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong. He is also the former Chairman of the Asian Committee of Toy Industries. Mr. Wong is the Chairman of Jetta Company Limited, a major OEM toy manufacturer with five factories in China.
Mr. Wong has actively participated in International Council of Toy Industries since 1997. He was the President of International Council of Toy Industries from 2004-2007. He participates in the drafting of the ICTI Code of Business Practices and the device of the CARE Process.
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