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JAKKS Pacific Inc (JAKK.OQ)

JAKK.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Stephen Berman

52 2011 President, Chief Executive Officer, Secretary, Director

Joel Bennett

54 2000 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

John McGrath

51 2011 Chief Operating Officer

Murray Skala

69 1995 Director

Xiaoqiang Zhao

2017 Director

Michael Gross

41 2016 Independent Director

Rex Poulsen

65 2012 Independent Director

Alexander Shoghi

35 2015 Independent Director

Michael Sitrick

69 2014 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Stephen Berman

Mr. Stephen G. Berman is President, Chief Executive Officer, Secretary, Director of Jakks Pacific, Inc. Mr. Berman has been our Chief Operating Officer (until August 23, 2011) and Secretary and one of our directors since co-founding JAKKS in January 1995. From February 17, 2009 through March 31, 2010 he was also our Co-Chief Executive Officer and has been our Chief Executive Officer since April 1, 2010. Since January 1, 1999, he has also served as our President. From our inception until December 31, 1998, Mr. Berman was also our Executive Vice President. From October 1991 to August 1995, Mr. Berman was a Vice President and Managing Director of THQ International, Inc., a subsidiary of THQ. From 1988 to 1991, he was President and an owner of Balanced Approach, Inc., a distributor of personal fitness products and services.

Joel Bennett

Mr. Joel M. Bennett is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of Jakks Pacific, Inc. Mr. Bennett joined the company in September 1995 as Chief Financial Officer and was given the additional title of Executive Vice President in May 2000. From August 1993 to September 1995, he served in several financial management capacities at Time Warner Entertainment Company, L.P., including as Controller of Warner Brothers Consumer Products Worldwide Merchandising and Interactive Entertainment. From June 1991 to August 1993, Mr. Bennett was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of TTI Technologies, Inc., a direct-mail computer hardware and software distribution company. From August 1986 to June 1991, Mr. Bennett held various financial management positions at The Walt Disney Company, including Senior Manager of Finance for its international television syndication and production division. Mr. Bennett began his career at Ernst & Young LLP as an auditor from August 1983 to August 1986. Mr. Bennett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

John McGrath

Mr. John Joseph McGrath is Chief Operating Officer of Jakks Pacific, Inc. He is our Chief Operating Officer. He was our Executive Vice President of Operations from December 2007 until August 2011 and became Chief Operating Officer in August 2011. Mr. McGrath was our Vice President of Marketing from 1999 to August 2003 and became a Senior Vice President of Operations in August 2003 and Executive Vice President of Operations in December 2007. From January 1992 to December 1998, Mr. McGrath was Director of Marketing at Mattel Inc. and prior thereto he was a PFC in the U.S. Army. Mr. McGrath holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.

Murray Skala

Mr. Murray L. Skala is Director of Jakks Pacific Inc. Since 1976, Murray L. Skala has been one of our directors since October 1995. Since 1976, Mr. Skala has been a partner of the law firm Feder Kaszovitz LLP, our general counsel.

Xiaoqiang Zhao

Mr. Xiaoqiang Zhao has been appointed as Director of the Company. Mr. Zhao is Executive Director of Meisheng, the entity that purchased our common stock, and Chairman of the Board of Directors and a Director of its parent company Meisheng Cultural & Creative Co. Ltd.

Michael Gross

Mr. Michael J. Gross is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Gross has been a director since October 19, 2016. Michael Gross has been the Vice Chairman of WeWork LLC since July 2015 and was its CFO from October 2013 to July 2015. Prior to joining WeWork LLC, Michael was appointed to the Board of Directors of Morgans Hotel Group from October 2009 to June 2013 and was its CEO from March 2011 to September 2013. From January 2008 until March 2011 Michael partnered with The Yucaipa Companies focusing on retail and consumer investment opportunities. From 1998 to 2007, Michael focused on consumer, retail and real estate companies with various investment and research roles at Prentice Capital Management, S.A.C. Capital Advisors, Lehman Brothers Inc., Salomon Smith Barney and Granite Partners. Mr. Gross graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

Rex Poulsen

Mr. Rex H. Poulsen is an Independent Director of Jakks Pacific, Inc. Mr. Poulsen is currently a partner in the Glendale, California office of Hutchinson and Bloodgood LLP, a regional certified public accounting and consulting firm registered with the PCAOB. Mr. Poulsen has been continuously licensed as a Certified Public Accountant since 1974, and has spent most of his career with public accounting firms as an independent auditor of both private and publicly-held companies. Mr. Poulsen also has extensive experience in assisting companies in the areas of due diligence, valuation, and other services related to the purchase and sale of businesses, as well as providing services in connection with litigation matters including forensic accounting assignments and expert witness testimony. Mr. Poulsen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Weber State University in 1973, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. .

Alexander Shoghi

Mr. Alexander Shoghi is an Independent Director of the company. Mr. Shoghi has been a director since December 18, 2015. Mr. Shoghi is a Portfolio Manager at Oasis Management, a private investment management firm headquartered in Hong Kong. Mr. Shoghi joined Oasis in 2005, first based in Hong Kong, and subsequently relocating to the US as the founder and manager of Oasis Capital in Austin, Texas in early 2012. From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Shoghi worked at Lehman Brothers in New York City. Mr. Shoghi received a Bachelor of Science of Business Administration in Finance and International Business from Georgetown University in 2004.

Michael Sitrick

Mr. Michael S. Sitrick is an Independent Director of Jakks Pacific, Inc., Since November 2009, Mr. Sitrick has been a director since December 19, 2014. Since November 2009, Mr. Sitrick is the chairman and chief executive officer of Sitrick Brinko LLC, a subsidiary of Resources Connection, Inc (NASDAQ: RECN)., and the successor to Sitrick And Company which he founded in 1989 and was its founder, chairman and chief executive officer until he sold it to Resources Connection, Inc. in 2009, which is a public relations, strategic communications and crisis management company providing advice and counseling to some of the country’s largest corporations, non-profits and governmental agencies, in many areas including mergers and acquisitions, litigation support, corporate positioning and repositioning, developing and implementing strategies to deal with short sellers, executive transitions and government investigations. Prior thereto he was an executive and Senior Vice President – Communications for Wickes Companies, Inc. (from 1981to1989), head of Communications and Government Affairs for National Can Corporation (from1974 to 1981) and Group Supervisor at Selz, Seabolt and Associates before that. Prior thereto Mr. Sitrick was Assistant Director of Public Information in the Richard J. Daley administration in Chicago and worked as reporter. Mr. Sitrick is a published author, frequent lecturer, a former board member at two public companies (both of which were sold) and a current and former board member of several charitable organizations. He holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration and a major in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Stephen Berman

2,773,700

Joel Bennett

641,500

John McGrath

1,322,380

Murray Skala

180,034

Xiaoqiang Zhao

--

Michael Gross

--

Rex Poulsen

235,034

Alexander Shoghi

--

Michael Sitrick

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As Of  31 Dec 2015