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ZAG expands executive ranks with Disney, MGAE vets

ZAG continues its expansion with the appointment of Christophe Vallade as vice president global e-commerce, and Ben Johnson as senior vice president legal and litigation. Both will report to Julian Zag, executive vice president, global operations.

Vallade joins the company from The Walt Disney Co., France, where he led digital sales for brands including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and more. He will be in charge of leading online growth and brand positioning, closely working with the retail and licensing teams.

Johnson joins the company from MGA Entertainment where he served as head of litigation. At ZAG, Johnson will be responsible for all legal affairs, including litigation matters, management and protection of an extensive worldwide trademark portfolio, implementation of anti-counterfeiting measures, privacy concerns, risk management, negotiation of contracts for development, production, and licensing of ZAG content, and other general legal issues.