|Paglia Rejoins PMI as licensing director|
|Written by Pat Shaw|
|Monday, 09 March 2015 03:09 PM America/New_York|
Patrice Paglia, a prominent licensing executive, has joined Precious Moments Inc. as its licensing director. She brings more than 25 years’ experience with the world-renowned brand, in addition to her many other licensing relationships that span three decades.
PMI Senior Vice President of Licensing and Creative Sara Pilafas made the announcement. Pilafas recently rejoined PMI, having served as its president in the 1990s and as head of PM Creative for more than a decade at Enesco Corporation. Most recently, Pilafas served as vice president of licensing and creative at Christian Brands in Phoenix, Arizona.
“We are proud and delighted to announce the addition of Patrice Paglia to our leadership team at PMI,” Pilafas said. “Her licensing achievements are noteworthy, and her qualifications bring new opportunities to this important business segment. There is no other licensing executive with more Precious Moments knowledge and experience than Patrice, and we look forward to working with her once more.”
As division vice president for licensing at Enesco, Paglia established and maintained relationships with Fortune 500 companies that include Disney, Mattel, Coca-Cola, Warner Bros., and McDonald’s. During her 12-year tenure, Paglia also formulated international licensing strategies in 25 countries that added more than $100 million annual sales.
After leaving Enesco, Paglia joined PMI as vice president of licensing and marketing, with oversight of its $250 million consumer products licensing program for the Precious Moments brand. Following PMI’s move of its Chicago-area operations to Carthage Missouri, Paglia held executive licensing, marketing and product development positions with Roman, Inc., Building Q, and Jostens, Inc.
Prior to rejoining PMI, Paglia was retained by Enesco to formulate a strategic licensing program for Enesco and Department 56, an Enesco subsidiary.
Pilafas also announced two more additions to the PMI Creative Team. Margaret Y. Man joins PMI as its creative project manager, and Jeremy Wyman as its product developer.
Prior to joining PMI, Margaret served as product development and merchandising coordinator for the past five years at Winston Brands/Collections Etc., a major gift and décor catalog business in suburban Chicago. She has also held major administrative positions with The Salvation Army and Trinity International University. In addition, Man held similar positions with companies in Hong Kong, where she also received her Bachelor’s degree from Ching Yih College.
Wyman served as product designer at Winston Brands for seven years before coming to PMI. During his tenure at Winston Brands, his responsibilities included design of exclusive products, working closely with overseas vendors and managing freelance designers. His experience includes freelance product design for Christian Brands, Inc., and numerous graphic design projects for a variety of entities. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in visual communications from Judson University.
“Margaret and Jeremy are talented individuals with outstanding experience and skills,” Pilafas said. “We are delighted that they have come on board, and we look forward to working with them. Headed by Peggy Pak, our creative team is second to none, and both Margaret and Jeremy are important to our continued success. We proudly welcome Patrice, Margaret and Jeremy to the PMI family.”
All three positions are based in PMI’s suburban Chicago offices.