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Mattel is one of the world s leaders in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products, including Barbie, the most popular fashion doll ever introduced. The Mattel family is comprised of brands such as Hot Wheels, Matchbox, American Girl and Tyco. In addition, the company provides a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. The company employs more than 25,000 people in 42 countries and sells products in more than 150 nations throughout the world. Robert A. Eckert has been the chief executive officer of Mattel for more than six years. He has been with the giant toymaker for over six years. Eckert earned a BS degree from the University of Arizona, and a MBA from Northwestern University. Mattel is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif.