‘team will continue his legacy of greatness’

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Brian Goldner With Mr. Potato Head toys At Hasbro's 2017 Day Of Joy.

PAWTUCKET — As word of Hasbro CEO and chairman Brian D. Goldner’s passing spread internationally Wednesday, reaching foreign countries where the Rhode Island-based firm’s products and entertainment properties are widely available, remembrances of the 58-year-old and condolences for his family continued.

“A great leader surrounds himself with great people who become a great team. Brian created this and our team will continue his legacy of greatness. I have lost the son I never had,” former Hasbro chief Alan G. Hassenfeld, a member of the company’s founding family, told The Journal.

Said Alfred J. Verrecchia,  another former Hasbro chairman and CEO: “Brian was an inspirational leader who understood the value of Hasbro’s brands better than anyone and how they would entertain and engage the consumer. He along with Stephen Hassenfeld are the two CEOs that changed the trajectory of Hasbro.”

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