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JAKKS Management Team

Stephen G. Berman
President and Chief Executive Officer

Stephen G. Berman is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK), a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of toys and consumer products. Berman co-founded JAKKS in 1995, and since its inception the company has grown to become a leading company in the toy industry with more than 750 employees worldwide. JAKKS has an impressive portfolio of top licensed brands and original intellectual properties.

Berman is well-known for his keen eye in product design, and for having his finger on the pulse of what will be hot with kids. The success of the company is attributed to Berman’s visionary leadership, creativity and inimitable ability to forge strategic partnerships here and abroad with entertainment’s biggest names such as The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., Activision, NBCUniversal, Microsoft, and Nintendo, to name a few.

Berman has successfully navigated the company through 22 acquisitions since 1995. He has been recognized by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000, and has been awarded the Licensing Industry Excellence Award by Variety Magazine in 2006. A direct result of his hands-on approach, JAKKS has been named Vendor of the Year multiple times by Target, Walmart and Toys ‘R Us.

In addition to his entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen, Berman is a dedicated and passionate corporate humanitarian committed to helping children in need. He created JAKKS Cares, the philanthropic arm of JAKKS Pacific, granting more than $50 million in monetary and in-kind donations to-date to children’s charities throughout the U.S. In 2008, not only was JAKKS recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the Top 20 Corporate Philanthropists in Los Angeles, but also Friends of the Family® awarded Berman the Families Matter Vanguard Award for his outstanding contribution to children’s philanthropy. And in 2009, Operation Smile honored Berman with the Corporate Humanitarian Award.

Prior to JAKKS, Berman was an original founder of THQ International and served as their Managing Director. Additionally, Berman served as president and an owner of Balanced Approach, Inc. a distributor of personal fitness products and services.

Berman has three children, Ariana, Logan and Sienna Berman, and proudly instills upon them the importance of helping other children around the world.

Jack McGrath
Chief Operating Officer

Jack McGrath, a 25-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.

Brent Novak
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.