The Toy Association Welcomes Jos Huxley as Senior Vice President, Technical Affairs
NEW YORK, August 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The toy associationthe trade association that champions and works for the success of all businesses involved in the creation and delivery of toys and entertainment products for children of all ages, today announced that recognized safety expert toys Jos Huxley will join the organization as senior vice president of technical affairs, effective August 1.
In his role, Jos will lead the ongoing development of technical policies and strategies relating to toy safety, environmental sustainability, supply chain issues, factory processes and other related issues, acting as a guide for member companies navigating these and other issues under the umbrella. technical affairs.
Jos joins The Toy Association after more than 28 years at Hasbro, Inc., most recently serving as Senior QA Engineer and Regulatory Specialist at Hasbro. He has been fully engaged in working on US federal and state requirements, including participating in the ASTM F15.22 toy safety subcommittee, as a member of the US delegation to the ISO TC 181 technical committee on toys and its many working groups, and working as an ISO observer with CEN’s Technical Committee for Toys. He has also held leadership positions as Head of the US Delegation to TC 181, Convenor of TC 181/WG 7 on Age Rating, and Elected Convenor of TC 181/WG 1 on Toy Safety – Mechanical Properties. and physical.
“Jos’ strong technical knowledge of U.S. and international toy safety standards, his expertise in toy safety best practices, and his ability to lead, encourage, and guide open discussions and productive decision-making within groups multi-party working arrangements ensure that he is the best candidate for this position,” said Ed Desmond, executive vice president of external affairs for the Toy Association. “We are delighted to welcome Jos and look forward to the contributions of expertise, experience and knowledge he will bring to help members navigate complex security laws and regulations around the world. and succeed in the ever-changing toy and retail landscape.”
Jos said: “I am delighted and grateful for the opportunity to join Ed and the External Affairs team in this important role. I look forward to contributing and maintaining the high level of support The Toy Association provides in its critical and evolving mission to serve the toy and play community by providing safe and fun products that bring so much joy and entertainment to children and families around the world.”
After graduating with honors from Brunel University in the UK in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design, Jos began his career at Hasbro as a Reliability Engineer in the UK office, moving to Head Office based at Rhode Island in 1998, and eventually assumed the role of Senior QA Engineer. Jos will continue to be based in South County, RI where he lives with his wife and three children.
Over the next six to nine months, Jos will work alongside Alan Kaufmanwho recently transitioned to the role of Senior Technical Affairs Advisor and will then be retiring fully after more than 11 years with The Toy Association and more than 40 years in the toy industry.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Toy Association and have found it extremely rewarding to help advance the entire industry as Senior Vice President of Technical Affairs,” Kaufman said. “Jos is the perfect person to fill this role in the future, and I am delighted to continue to play an advisory role to the Association as he joins us, which will make the transition seamless. External Affairs, are committed to maintaining the high level of service that members have come to expect.
Founded in 1916, The Toy Association™, Inc. is the trade association representing all companies involved in the creation and delivery of toys and entertainment products for children of all ages. The Toy Association leads the health and growth of the toy industry in the United States, whose annual economic impact in the United States is $102.4 billion, and is the nation’s most effective resource and influential advocate for hundreds of companies, including manufacturers, retailers, licensors and others who are involved in the youth entertainment industry. Our manufacturer members account for 93% of toy and game sales in the United States, generating the year $38.2 billion US domestic toy market. The Toy Association is the industry voice on the developmental benefits of play and promotes the positive impact of play on child development to consumers and the media. The organization has a long history of toy safety leadership, having helped develop the first comprehensive toy safety standard over 40 years ago, and remains committed to working with medical experts, government, consumers and industry on ongoing programs to ensure safety and enjoyment. to play. As a global leader, The Toy Association produces the world-renowned Toy Fair; defends the interests of members worldwide; supports the Canadian Toy Association; services the International Council of Toy Industries and the International Toy Industry CEO Roundtable; and chairs the committee that reviews and revises the widely imitated American ASTM F963 toy safety standard.
SOURCE The Toy Association