BA, Williams College
Kevin Curran retired in 2011 as CEO and general manager of Fisher-Price after more than 30 years in business.
Curran began his career in 1979 with Procter & Gamble as a marketing assistant, sales representative and assistant brand manager. He left the company in 1982 to return to his native Western New York, where he joined Fisher-Price’s marketing organization. He advanced through several marketing positions, eventually serving as director of marketing for all preschool lines.
In 1990, Curran moved to Little Tikes, a toy division of Rubbermaid, to serve as vice president of marketing. Later positions at Little Tikes included vice president of North American sales and marketing, and vice president of Little Tikes Europe. During his tenure, Little Tikes' revenues doubled from $300 million to $600 million.
Curran returned to Fisher-Price in 1997 as senior vice president of research and development, charged with leading a team of 85 toy designers who created more than 400 new toys annually. In 1999, he was named senior vice president of international marketing, helping to drive Fisher-Price's expansion in more than 20 countries worldwide. The following year, he became CEO and general manager of Fisher-Price Friends, a business group based on licensed characters from Sesame Street, Disney, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros. and DreamWorks. During his tenure, the team developed hit products for such characters as Elmo, Dora the Explorer, Barney and Mickey Mouse, and the unit's revenues grew from $300 million to $550 million.
Curran returned to Western New York in 2005 as general manager of the Fisher-Price's larger “core” business and was named CEO four years later. Under his leadership, Fisher-Price, a $2.3 billion division of Mattel, hit record worldwide profits for 2009 and 2010.