The Topps Company
Chief Executive Officer of the Topps Company, Mr. Brandstaedter oversees the Company's valuable portfolio of assets including the leading sports and entertainment trading card company, a dominant kids confectionery business, the collection of wholly owned media properties and newly created or acquired digital businesses. Mr. Brandstaedter joined Topps in August 2009 as General Manager Global Confectionery responsible for worldwide Bazooka Candy Brands, the confectionery division of Topps, and led all aspects of marketing, product development, sales, finance and operations. Previously Mr. Brandstaedter worked in brand management roles at Kraft Foods and Nabisco, running various businesses in the Snacks and Confections categories. A native of New York, Mr. Brandstaedter has a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from The University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Chief Financial Officer of The Topps Company, Mr. Mueller oversees all accounting and finance matters including reporting, tax compliance, cash management, planning and analysis. Mr. Mueller joined Topps in April 2014 from XO Group (NYSE: XOXO, formerly The Knot, Inc.). At XO Group he managed the public company financial reporting and operations including development of sales incentive plans, international expansion into China and long term financial planning. Mr. Mueller joined XO Group in September 2008 from Genius Products, Inc., where he was CFO. At Genius, Mr. Mueller was a thought partner with the CEO and successfully managed the transition with the company’s new partner, The Weinstein Company. Mr. Mueller brings extensive prior investment banking experience providing strategic financial advisory services on mergers, acquisitions and equity and debt offerings for entertainment and media clients. Mr. Mueller was a senior banker in media Investment banking for Jefferies & Company, Inc., Credit Suisse and Societe Generale. Mr. Mueller began his career in finance working for Fortune 500 consumer packaged goods company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Mr. Mueller received a B.S. in Business from the University of Minnesota and earned a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
General Counsel of The Topps Company since July 2012. Mr. Thaler manages the legal department and oversees all legal matters for Topps, providing comprehensive counsel to all of Topps’ global business units. Prior to Topps, Mr. Thaler was General Counsel for Equinox Fitness and General Counsel at PRIMEDIA Inc. Mr. Thaler began his career as an associate in the M&A department at Shearman and Sterling LLP in New York and later as a corporate/securities associate at Greenberg Traurig, P.A. in Miami. Mr. Thaler has a B.B.A. from the University at Albany and a J.D. from Fordham University.
Topps Sports & Entertainment
David LeinerGlobal General Manager of Sports & Entertainment, David Leiner is responsible for leading and directing the business strategy and operations for Topps’ worldwide Sports & Entertainment division. Mr. Leiner joined Topps’ North America Sports & Entertainment division in August 2009 and most recently held the position of Vice President, General Manager of North America Sports & Entertainment overseeing all business operations, product development, marketing, sales, licensing and financial activities. Mr. Leiner also held the role of Vice President of Finance and Operations in North America Sports & Entertainment with responsibility for all financial matters and managing all aspects of operations including sourcing, manufacturing, customer service and player licensing. Prior to joining Topps,Mr. Leiner worked for Madison Dearborn Partners as an Associate, responsible for evaluating new growth equity and leverage buyout transactions globally and managing existing investments, including the Topps Company investment. Before joining Madison Dearborn Partners in 2007, Mr. Leiner worked as an analyst for Goldman Sachs, in its Investment Banking Division Mr. Leiner has a B.S. in Business Administration, Finance & Accounting from Indiana University Bloomington.
Bazooka Candy Brands Confectionery
President - General Manager Global Confectionery since March 2013. Mr. Jacobs is responsible for worldwide Bazooka Candy Brands, the confectionery division of Topps, and leads all aspects of marketing, product development, sales, finance and operations. Prior to joining Topps, Mr. Jacobs was with the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, most recently as Senior Vice President of Marketing. During his time at the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Mr. Jacobs led marketing for the company’s Carbonated Soft Drink Portfolio which includes brands such as Dr Pepper, 7UP, Sunkist, Crush, Canada Dry, Schweppes, and A&W. Prior to the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Mr. Jacobs worked in brand management roles at Unilever in the Home and Personal Care Division, and at Nabisco in the Life Savers Candy Division. Mr. Jacobs grew up in New Jersey, and has a B.A. from The George Washington University and an M.B.A. from The University of Virginia Darden School of Business.
Topps Digital Services
Vice President of Finance and Operations since July, 2011 and and most recently General Manager of Topps Digital Services since January, 2014. Topps Digital Services was created when Topps acquired GMG Entertainment in 2011. Mr. Mickeal has spent the majority of his professional career at the intersection of digital entertainment, media, technology and consumers. Prior to the acquisition by Topps, Mr. Mickeal was the Chief Operating Officer of GMG Entertainment, Director of Finance and Operations at Yahoo! Music and Entertainment, Chief Financial Officer of Launch Media, Inc. and a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. As the Chief Financial Officer of Launch Media, Inc. Mr. Mickeal managed the company’s digital media operations from the pre-product start-up stage to going public. Launch Media, Inc. was sold to Yahoo! and became Yahoo! Music where Mr. Mickeal managed the finance and operations for Yahoo! Music and Entertainment. Mr. Mickeal is a CPA and holds a B.A. in Business/Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with an emphasis in accounting.
Tobin Lent is a VP, and General Manager of Topps Digital. Tobin is responsible for setting the vision and overseeing all activities related to Topps’ digital business. Tobin joined Topps in October 2018. Tobin has over 20 years executive experience growing start-up mobile entertainment and game companies, creating 50 products with over 60 million cumulative downloads garnering several industry awards. Tobin was previously the CEO & co-founder of Punch Entertainment, an award-winning mobile games developer and publisher backed by IDG & Softbank, and acquired by DeNA. Tobin was also President of Rogue Play, a mobile games publisher that launched high-profile licensed titles such as Godzilla based on the Warner Bros. movie. Tobin was CEO of Playabl AI which created lifelike AI characters for the entertainment industry. Tobin is an executive advisor to fast-growing mobile entertainment start-ups such as Dash Robotics, Opera Event and Bound. Throughout his career, he has created several chart-topping mobile products based on major licensed properties in sports (NFL, NBA, NHL & MLB) and entertainment (Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Tron & Harry Potter, among others). Before starting a career in mobile entertainment, Tobin was an investment banker at Dain Rauscher Wessels focused on mergers, acquisitions and private capital. Tobin graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.