Born Licensing Owner and Director David Born has featured on License Global’s annual The Influentials report, this year celebrating the 40 under 40.

The report profiles 40 licensing professionals under the age of 40 that are making an impact across the industry.

 “The names in the pages of this year’s The Influentials report are those that will be the headlines of tomorrow,” says Amanda Cioletti, content director, License Global. “We are excited to shine a light on these individuals and identify those that will change the business in the years to come.”

Those names include licensing professionals from Paramount Pictures, IMG, BBC Studios, Endemol Shine, WWE, Rovio, CAA-GBG, The Jim Henson Company, Entertainment One, Netflix, Twentieth Century Fox, NBCUniversal and many more

‘This list is packed with incredibly talented young professionals who are shaping the future of the licensing industry,” David Born said.

“It is truly an honour to be a part of this list, and to be recognised for Born Licensing’s innovative approach to the licensing business.”

The feature included a round of questions for the named Influencials. Here are David Born’s answers:

How did you break into licensing?

I came across a job advertisement for Haven Licensing (now Haven Global) in Melbourne. At the job interview, I remember walking into a room with SpongeBob SquarePants in the corner. I thought to myself, “I want to work here!”

Proudest moment of your career so far?

At the 2018 International Licensing Awards, we
won for Best Licensed Promotion. It was an honor to berecognizedbytheindustryfortheworkthatwedo. director,BornLicensing

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Born Licensing will be approaching its 15th birthday. I expect to be doing exactly what I’m doing now, but on a bigger scale.

Did you have a mentor? If so, who was that and how did they influence your career trajectory?

At Warner Bros. Australia, I had the privilege of reporting to managing director Preston Kevin Lewis. He allowed me to grow, and he was the first person I called for advice before starting Born Licensing.

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?

The ability to fly. I could travel for business and visit family in Australia and Brazil without jetlag.

Read the full report here.