Robert A. Eckert
Robert A. Eckert
|Born||1954 (age 67–68)|
|Alma mater||University of Arizona|
|Known for||chairman and CEO of Mattel, 2000–11|
CEO of Kraft Foods, 1997–2000
|Title||operating partner, Friedman Fleischer & Lowe|
Lisa Marie Bongiovanni
Robert A. Eckert (born 1954) is an American businessman, chairman and CEO of Mattel from 2000 to 2011, CEO of Kraft Foods from 1997 to 2000, and an operating partner with the private equity firm Friedman Fleischer & Lowe.
In 2000, Eckert joined Mattel as chairman and CEO, and remained as CEO until December 2011. He retired at the end of 2011, and was succeeded by Bryan G. Stockton who had been chief operating officer and chairman until December 2012.
In 2004, under Eckert's leadership, Mattel began a seven-year legal war against tiny, California-based MGA Entertainment. In a surprise defeat, a jury decided that MGA Entertainment was the rightful owner of the once-billion dollar line of Bratz dolls. A BMO Capital Markets analyst said the failure to settle will go down as a “tremendously bad decision” by Mattel management. “It means they wasted $400 million or so of shareholder money to get zero return,” he said]
On June 1, 2019, Eckert married Lisa Marie Bongiovanni, a former Mattel communications executive.
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