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Report: Topps CEO Ryan O’Hara stepping down

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Topps’ President & CEO Ryan O’Hara is stepping down from his current position next month, according to reports.

O’Hara will join the company’s Board of Directors and serve as a strategic advisor, according to Sports Business Daily.

O’Hara was hired three years ago after spending time at TV Guide.

According to Variety, Topps COO Mike Brandstaedter will serve as liaison between the company and its owners. There’s no word yet on how Topps will fill the CEO post.

“I am proud to have led this wonderful company over the past three years,” O’Hara told Variety. “We have grown market share across our businesses, secured key partnerships and opened up new markets in three different continents. Our brands are as vibrant as ever, and our management team is strong.”

O’Hara had a focus on digital growth during his time at Topps.

“Ryan is an outstanding leader with a strong track record in media, sports, entertainment and confections,” said Michael D. Eisner at the time of hire, who is the Chairman of Topps, who purchased the company with Madison Dearborn Partners in 2007. “That unique combination will help him drive growth in media and with interactive initiatives as well as continue to strengthen Topps’ core businesses. Ryan’s appointment will help Topps capture a greater share of consumers’ leisure time.”

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook.

5 Comments

Chris

Shouldn’t affect their card division much. Doubt he was involved in the day-to-day decisions that most collectors see the results of.

Posted February 14, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Permalink
Donald

I just hope they will work on dramatically improving or eliminating their redemption card program all together. Topps is getting close to being hit with a bait and switch lawsuit, and I for one don’t think it could happen fast enough!

Posted February 17, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

When is Topps’ exclusive deal with the MLB up?

Posted February 18, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Permalink
Jeff Wilson

Donald – I could not agree more. I have been waiting on 3 redemption cards. 2 for over a year. I have been sent late notifies stating the card is not avaailable, but can not get anyone to respond to emails or phone calls. They say they will replace it with an acceptable card, to which I ask what is acceptable to them may not be acceptable to me. Worst freaking company now. I hate the whole redepmtion card crap. I did have one topps rep tell me about 3 years ago that it is not a bait and switch because it was like hitting the lottery!!!! Can you belive the crap?

Posted February 28, 2013 at 11:41 am | Permalink
mikey tee

I waited for over a year for a Brett Michaels auto redemption !!! And when I finally got it, they had replaced it with an auto of Don Sutton !!!! Hall of Fame, Hall of Shame!!! It was worth about $3 !!! It definitely was NOT a FAIR replacement!! Who makes those decisions? Obviously not someone that is a collector or who knows the value of trading cards! And what’s with that disclaimer on the back of jersey and patch cards? Stating that it isn’t from any particular game or even game used! MLB needs to investigate TOPPS about this! MLB needs to allow more than one company to produce baseball cards so there’s some type of competition to produce a a better product!! Maybe the next CEO won’t be someone who’s just looking at the bottom line and will actually give a damn about a producing a honest and quality product!!!

Posted March 5, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

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