The Jumbodiset Group has announced the retirement of two highly regarded and long serving Galt leaders – managing director John McDonnell and sales director Clive Robinson – as Jacqueline Taylor Foo takes up the role of GM.
After 28 years with Galt, managing director John McDonnell is retiring this month. The Jumbodiset Group has put on record its recognition of John’s hard work and commitment to the company over such a long period.
Commenting on the retirement, departing Jumbodiset CEO Joan Ferrer said: “As the head of Galt for so many years, John has been a stand-out and respected leader in the industry. We have enjoyed collaborating with him across Europe since the incorporation of Galt to the Jumbodiset family and his passion and expertise will be missed.”
Clive Robinson will retire at the end of 2022, after 26 years with Galt. The company has expressed its gratitude to Clive for his major contribution to Galt’s success in the market.
John and Clive leave Galt in a strong position following its acquisition by the Jumbodiset Group in 2019. They both played a key role in a transition that has positioned Galt and Jumbodiset to thrive across the UK & Ireland in what promises to be an exciting new era for the joint endeavour.
Jacqueline Taylor Foo will now assume the position of general manager Jumbodiset/Galt UK & Ireland as of 1st November. Jacqueline has a long and impressive track record in the toy sector, having delivered cross-functional success at companies including Mattel, Spin Master. Zapf Creation and Melissa & Doug LLC.
Jacqueline commented: “I am honoured to be joining the Jumbodiset/Galt team. Our new European leadership team has exciting plans, with huge ambitions to further grow the company as we integrate to one even stronger organisation.”
The changes at Galt takes place within the context of further developments at Jumbodiset, where new CEO Mark Hoitijnk took over from Joan Ferrer in October 2022. Joan Ferrer will remain a member of the board of Jumbodiset.