JAKKS Management Team
Stephen G. Berman
President and Chief Executive Officer
Stephen Berman co-founded JAKKS Pacific in 1995, serving as the company’s executive vice president, chief executive officer, secretary and director. In April 2010, Mr. Berman was appointed to the position of chief executive officer. In 2001, Mr. Berman received Los Angeles’ Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. From October 1991 to August 1995, Mr. Berman was a vice president and managing director of THQ International, Inc., a subsidiary of THQ, Inc. Prior to his position at THQ, from 1988 to 1991, Mr. Berman was president and an owner of Balanced Approach, Inc., a distributor of personal fitness products and services.
Chief Operating Officer
Jack McGrath, a 16-year veteran of the toy industry, joined JAKKS Pacific in 1999 as Vice President of Marketing and Product Development, and advanced to Senior Vice President of Operations in 2000 and then Executive Vice President of Operations in 2008. Mr. McGrath worked at Mattel Toys in 1995 as an International Marketer and later Marketed the Hot Wheels brand from 1996 – 1998. He holds a Marketing Degree from California State University of Long Beach.
Chief Financial Officer
Brent Novak brings to JAKKS more than 23 years of corporate finance experience and currently leads the company's worldwide finance, accounting and tax functions. Prior to JAKKS, Mr. Novak spent 13 years at Ixia, a publicly traded technology company prior to its acquisition by Keysight Technologies in April 2017. Mr. Novak most recently served as Ixia’s Chief Financial Officer and later as Keysight’s Chief Financial Officer of the Ixia Business Group after the acquisition and through March 2018. Mr. Novak began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, most recently as a Manager in the Emerging Technology Group, where he served private and publicly held clients before joining Idealab, a creator and operator of technology businesses, where he most recently served as its Director of Finance and Corporate Development. Mr. Novak is a Certified Public Accountant and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics summa cum laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara.