Kids II, Inc. Rethinks Baby Business with New Position and Appointment of Dave Calhoun as President

President joins leadership team to drive global consumer-focused

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#atlanta–Kids II, best-known as the parent of Baby Einstein and for
forward-thinking design of global infant and toddler toys, is
reemphasizing its focus on baby and mom starting at the top with the
creation of a president role. The newly formed position, now filled by
Dave Calhoun, is one of many thoughtful steps the company is taking to
further connect with families across the globe.

“We’re on a mission to extend our relationship with consumers well
beyond being simply a manufacturer of a product,” says Ryan Gunnigle,
CEO of Kids II. “We’re redesigning how we connect with families and to
truly drive a transformational change requires us to rethink how we
approach our business. Creating the new role of president and bringing
Dave on board to fill this important position is a strategic next step
in our plan to become a stronger resource, partner and solution

Advancing the company’s commitment to putting the consumer first,
Calhoun will oversee and ensure the internal alignment of the
organization’s employee, consumer and retailer-facing operations, which
includes global sales, sales operations, channel marketing, consumer and
digital marketing, consumer services, project management office and
human resources.

Leveraging the core values of Kids II, Calhoun will cultivate the
organization’s foundation starting within and with employees to enhance
and improve day-to-day operational business so the company can better
serve and create unique experiences for families in all areas of the

“I’ve had my eye on Kids II for several years as a parent and as a
professional, watching the organization double and triple its size in
record time all while keeping its employees and families it serves
first,” says Calhoun. “The company has already accomplished so much in
such little time, and I look forward to being part of that continued
growth and evolution all targeted at designing an unprecedented
experience not just for employees, but also for families across the

With more than 20 years of experience running consumer-centric global
organizations, Calhoun comes to Kids II from Kleen-Tex Industries where
he was most recently president and COO. Prior to Kleen-Tex, Calhoun
spent a majority of his career on the leadership team as President,
North America at Larson-Juhl.

Calhoun will reside in Kids II’s global headquarters in Atlanta.

About Kids II ®, Inc.
Kids II has a 47-year history of
developing industry-changing innovations for families across the globe
and has quickly becoming a world-leading baby and infant product
company. The brand portfolio strength runs deep with four brands under
the Kids II umbrella: Bright StartsTM, IngenuityTM,
Baby EinsteinTM and OballTM. Through its brands,
Kids II is a powerhouse of creativity, diversity and innovation,
uniquely matching the individual needs of every parent and baby.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Kids II spans globally with 14 global offices
in six continents serving customers in more than 72 countries. Learn
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