CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Upper Deck Company announced that Jason Masherah has been named as President following the sudden and unexpected death of co-founder and chairman Richard P. McWilliam on Saturday, January 5.
“Richard was a thought leader and visionary in the trading card industry. It grew from a hobby for some baseball fans into a multi-billion dollar industry because of the multiple innovations that Upper Deck introduced under his leadership”
Mr. Masherah has been running day-to-day operations of the company for about a year, performing the duties of President. He has been Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Upper Deck since 2010, having joined the company in 2006, and was appointed as Vice President in July 2010. He previously had been a marketing consultant to professional sports teams. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and an undergraduate degree in marketing from Michigan State University.
“We are shocked and saddened by Richard’s passing,” Mr. Masherah said. “However, he built a company with a strong management team, a focus on quality, and an expanding array of successful products. Upper Deck is well positioned to continue its growth and success, and I am honored to have been chosen to lead the company.”
“We have strong business partners, an outstanding group of professional athletes who serve as exclusive spokesmen for Upper Deck, and a proven ability to innovate and change to meet new and different market environments,” he added.
“Richard was a thought leader and visionary in the trading card industry. It grew from a hobby for some baseball fans into a multi-billion dollar industry because of the multiple innovations that Upper Deck introduced under his leadership,” he said. “He built a company that has weathered difficult times for the entire industry and is well positioned for future success.”
Mr. McWilliam died unexpectedly at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, CA on Saturday, January 5, of undetermined causes, although his medical history included heart disease and open heart surgery in 2008. Arrangements for private funeral services are pending. He is survived by his wife and their three children.
About Upper Deck
Upper Deck is the leading sports and entertainment trading card and collectibles company. For more information on Upper Deck and its products please visit www.upperdeck.com.