Nursery Today magazine

Summer Infant appoints Robert Stebenne as CEO

Stebenne brings 30 years' juvenile product strategic marketing experience

Summer Infant, Inc. a global leader in premium juvenile products, announced that Robert Stebenne, the company's president and Chief Operating Officer, has been named the company's new Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Carol Bramson, who has resigned.

Stebenne, a board member since 2007, was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer in March 2015. He has 30 years of juvenile product marketing experience, including 20 years in positions of increasing responsibility at Hasbro Industries.

"Summer Infant is at an important crossroads of opportunity, and Bob Stebenne is the right leader to move the Company forward at this time," said Almagor. "Bob has excellent leadership skills and a deep understanding of Summer Infant and the markets that we serve. His successful experience in developing new products, brands and markets at leading juvenile companies will be a tremendous asset as we expand our markets and capitalize on exciting opportunities."

"I am excited to be taking the helm of Summer Infant as we advance the Company to the next level of profitability," said Stebenne. "We have great brands and a dedicated group of highly talented employees and managers seeking to capitalize on the numerous opportunities ahead. We have made good progress in developing our growth engine and improving operations, but we have much work to do in order to significantly enhance shareholder value. I look forward to working with Dan, the board and the entire Summer Infant team to accomplish this goal."

Robert Stebenne became a member of the board of directors in 2007 and served as the lead independent director from 2008 until February 2013. Most recently he owned and managed a firm that provides consulting services in brand development, product development and strategic planning, among other areas.

From February 1999 to July 2002, Stebenne was the President of New Business Development for Hasbro Industries. From 1991 to January 1999, he was President of Hasbro's FOB/LC division, where he created a U.S. marketing, sales, product development, finance and logistics group. From 1982 to 1991, he was President of Hasbro's Playskool Baby division. Stebenne received a B.A. from Roger Williams University.

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