Kim serves as Senior Vice President and Global Head of Design for Barbie and Fashion Dolls at Mattel Inc. She has held this position since February 2019. Kim and her award-winning team of product and graphic designers are committed to keeping the brands they steward innovative and reflective of the world kid’s see around them. Kim is entrusted with the creative direction
of Mattel’s flagship brand Barbie – a category leader in innovation and a source of inspiration to children around the world for 60 years. Prior to her current expanded role, Kim was Vice President of Design for Barbie. From 2013-2019 she was responsible for all product and packaging for the brand. During that time, she helped launch the popular @BarbieStyle
Instagram channel that now has over 2 million followers and unprecedented social media engagement within the toy industry. Kim also served as Vice President, Consumer Products Design from 2010 – 2013, setting the creative vision for style guide development and licensed product design for Mattel’s global girls’ brands, including Barbie, Monster High and Polly Pocket. In this
role she led Mattel’s licensing design teams around the world and developed product in 45 categories in partnership with licensees in over 150 countries.
Kim started her career at Mattel in 1999 as a designer for Barbie. Throughout her 20-year tenure at the company, Kim has maintained a creative process that emphasizes purpose-driven, human-centric design. As featured in the Hulu documentary Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie, in 2015 she led the design of the most ethnically diverse doll line in the brand’s history. That line included the introduction of three new doll body types – curvy, tall and petite. This bold product reinvention generated 5 billion media impressions, led to a TIME cover, was named one of the “Top 25
Inventions of 2016” by the magazine and received the Barbie brand’s first-ever “Doll of the Year Award”, a coveted honor from the Toy Industry Association. Today Barbie is the most diverse and inclusive doll line on the market.
im resides in West Hollywood, California, and is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. She holds design degrees from Louisiana State University and Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Mattel, she co-founded and was creative director of the Los Angeles-based textile art studio, The Design Garage Inc. She is passionate about the advancement of women and girls, supports the arts and LGBTQ+ organizations in her community and serves on the board of directors for the Wright Institute Los Angeles, a mental health non-profit organization and clinic, Chickenshed NYC, a non-profit inclusive children’s theater company. She is a member of the D&AD Impact Council which recognizes products and creative ideas that are driving positive change and The Toy Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.