She will be charged with leading the UK & Ireland Consumer Products team and promoting the company’s cross-category plans across retail, managing and developing a diverse portfolio of brands and licensees. Wakley will also join Warner Bros. UK’s Executive Committee.
In a joint statement, Stanley and Moon said: “Rachel’s vast experience and business acumen mean that she is ideally placed to take up our passion for Retail and drive to continue producing best in class product. She has a great track record of handling big-name brands and building relationships with the biggest companies in the industry, and we’re delighted to welcome her to the team.”
With a background spanning Home Entertainment, Toys, Video Games, FMCG and Retail, Wakley arrives from Tesco, where she was most recently their Head of Licensing. Prior to Tesco, Wakley held a variety of different commercial positions for Paramount Pictures, Coca Cola Enterprises and Upper Deck International, as well as Disney and Activision Blizzard.
About Warner Bros. UK:
Warner Bros. Entertainment UK (WBEUK) is a fully integrated, broad-based entertainment company and a leader in the creation, production, distribution, licensing and marketing of all forms of entertainment and their related businesses. WBEUK, led by Josh Berger, is part of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., a Time Warner company. Based in Warner House, Holborn, London (with a small regional office in Dublin, Ireland), it has the broadest footprint of businesses outside of the U.S., including Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden (the former home of the Harry Potter film series, now comprised of 13 sound stages), Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, TT Games (makers of LEGO videogames, including “LEGO Dimensions”), Rocksteady Studios (makers of the “Batman: Arkham” videogame trilogy), Warner Bros. De Lane Lea (one of the UK’s leading audio post-production facilities) and a group of television production companies as part of Warner Bros. International Television Production, whose Head Office is also based in London. Recent Warner Bros. film releases include “Dunkirk,” “Annabelle: Creation,” “Wonder Woman,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “The LEGO Batman Movie.”
About Warner Bros. Consumer Products:
Warner Bros. Consumer Products extends the Studio’s powerful portfolio of entertainment brands and franchises into the lives of fans around the world. WBCP partners with best-in-class licensees globally on award-winning ranges of toys, fashion, home décor and publishing inspired by franchises and properties such as DC, J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera. With innovative global licensing and merchandising programs, retail initiatives, promotional partnerships and themed experiences, WBCP is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.