The U.S. Toy Industry Association, a not-for-profit trade association, has named Stephen J. Pasierb as president and chiefexecutive officer. Pasierb will join TIA at the end of April and succeeds current president and CEO Carter Keithley, who will retire.
In his new role, Pasierb will lead growth, development and provide oversight for the association, whose member 750 companies account for 90 percent of U.S. domestic toy sales.
Previously, Pasierb has served as president and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, as well as launched several advocacy programs including the Parent Support Network and The Medicine Abuse Project. Pasierb is also a frequent commentator on broadcast news and social media. Other past positions include with the Maryland Executive Department under Governor William Donald Schaefer and a post with Freed & Associates.
“After serving for nearly 15 years at the helm of the Partnership, Mr. Pasierb has demonstrated highly successful organizational and fiscal management abilities, and is well-positioned to enhance TIA’s member services and support,” says John Gessert, chairman,TIA Board of Directors, and president, American Plastic Toys. “His background and talent set are ideal for advancing our efforts in promoting toy safety and elevating awareness of the critical benefits of play in child development. We look forward to welcoming Mr. Pasierb’s tremendous experience and talent to TIA.”