Friss Leaves Topps for New Gig

Warren Friss, Vice President and General Manager of Sports & Entertainment of The Topps Company, has joined Apple Industries, Inc. as company president.

Apple Industries provides digital photo and print solutions for retail environments, selling in over 40 countries. Apple’s products, which can be found in Fortune 500 retail stores, movie chains, amusement parks and restaurants, include the Face Place, Magazine Me, Photo2Go, APB Royale, APB Sapphire and Pix Place lines of digital photo and print kiosks.

Friss joined Topps in 1995.  He served as legal counsel,  invented and successfully launched the company’s eTopps brand and played a role in the sale of Topps’ to Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company.

“We’re very pleased to be able to bring Warren on board to lead us going forward,” said Apple Industries CEO Alan Weisberg.  “Warren’s business and legal experience will be extremely helpful in executing the exciting growth initiatives that are in process and in developing new revenue streams for the Company. We expect Warren to join with our team in driving dramatic growth, just as he was able to do at Topps.”

In addition to managing the day-to-day business,  Friss will focus on bringing new products to market and developing new business concepts to generate growth for Apple.

In his previous position at Topps,  Friss was responsible for all activities within its Sports & Entertainment division and developed and successfully executed a five-year strategic plan to revitalize the sports card business after a 15-year decline.

“I couldn’t be more excited about joining Apple Industries,” he said.  “They have a great team in place, an outstanding line of products and several excellent, new products in the pipeline.”