Funko has completed its EMEA marketing team with three new hires.
Following the company’s exponential growth, Funko’s EMEA marketing team has expanded with the appointment of a new PR manager, marketing manager and brand marketing manager. Based in London, the team will implement marketing and PR plans to support Funko’s entire catalogue of products throughout key European regions.
Heading up PR, Angela Lee joins from Premier, where she served as account director working on publicity strategies for consumer entertainment properties with clients including Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Entertainment One, Rakuten and Hearst Live. Angela will be leading the brand’s PR strategy through consumer and trade media relations, publicity activations and supporting influencer engagement across EMEA territories.
Marketing manager Chris Barnett joins from Entertainment One, where he managed UK retail marketing for pre-school brands including Peppa Pig, PJ Masks and Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom. Prior to this, Chris was a buyer for the F&F menswear clothing range at Tesco across the UK and Central Europe, before joining the Tesco licensing team to develop the retailer’s licensed personalised home and gifting proposition. Chris will be principal to marketing initiatives for leading retailers in the UK.
Spearheading brand marketing, Liz Simpson joins from Unilever, where she led key strategic initiatives for global brands, driving innovation, market development and digital transformation across leading FMCG products in homecare, beauty and personal care. Previously, she worked for Unicharm, delivering marketing strategies and award-winning marketing campaigns in the Australian market. Liz will be integral to marketing activations for Funko’s portfolio of sub-brands and new categories being released this year.
Eva Verhaak, head of strategic marketing and sales, commented: “I am beyond thrilled the marketing team is now complete with an arsenal of new talent, from all different backgrounds of expertise to help continue our growth across EMEA.”