O’Hara exits top job at Topps

CEO led Eisner-owned firm for three years

Ryan O’Hara is stepping down from the president-CEO post at Topps, the trading card company partly owned by Michael Eisner.

A media-biz veteran who previously held the top jobs at cable nets TV Guide Network and TVG, O’Hara will segue next month to the Topps board of directors and also take on a strategic advisory role.

“Ryan came to me with a desire to transition from an operating role to one as a member of the company’s board of directors and as a strategic adviser,” said Eisner, who purchased the company with Madison Dearborn Partners in 2007. “We thank Ryan for his strong leadership, consistent business results and continued dedication.”

Since joining Topps from TV Guide in March 2010, O’Hara was key in driving a digital expansion and diversification of products for the 75-year-old brand. The company’s intellectual property is also being developed for potential exploitation in Hollywood given O’Hara’s extensive resume in content companies including BSkyB and Fox Sports Net.

In O’Hara’s absence, 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,” said O’Hara. “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.”

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