Goliath appoints new GM for Vivid UK

Nick Thomas is promoted from Commercial Manager to the top desk to oversee Vivid under new owners

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 21.12.2018 | Toys

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Goliath has announced the promotion of Nick Thomas to General Manager for Vivid UK.

Nick has enjoyed many senior management positions during his career at Vivid, most recently as Commercial Director and is said to be looking forward to the new role managing the UK operation for Goliath.

He will report to Group CEO, Jochanan Golad, who says the promotion recognises Nick’s position as a “well-respected and talented individual” who brings a “wealth of experience” to the role.

Goliath acquired Vivid in mid-November and announced plans to transform the UK company’s games business, ending a long-standing distribution deal with Drumond Park in favour of its own portfolio.

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Under the new Goliath structure, Nick will be responsible for all aspects of running the UK market, supported by Divisional Sales Directors Gerbie Quilter and Steve Alexander along with Emma Weber, Leon Jarmolowicz and Darrell Jones, who are responsible for Marketing.

“We will continue to benefit from Vivid’s excellent R&D team to bring innovative and great new toy ranges to the market. This matched with Goliath’s global distribution network will give us a great opportunity to launch successful new products around the world in 2019 and beyond,” Nick says.

“Following the acquisition of Vivid by Goliath, we have an incredibly exciting future ahead building on a strong toy, Crayola and games portfolio supported by bolder marketing plans. Retailers will see the new ranges at Toy Fair with over 20 new Goliath games including the US success Sequence, Lucky Ducks and Gator Golf along with major new developments across Crayola and Toy. We are already off to a great start with our new ranges that shipped this month including a sell-out success for Ryan’s World with lots more to come next quarter.”

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