Ryan Gunnigle is the CEO and owner of Kids2. Under his leadership, Kids2 has expanded to become one of the world’s fastest-growing infant and baby product companies. Gunnigle leads 450 team members throughout Kids2’s global footprint which spans 15 global offices and operations in five continents.
Ryan has been the leading force behind the Kids2 success and global expansion, driving the innovation, passion, and culture from the top. His hands-on approach, supported by the transparency he demands from himself and his team, has enabled the company to be a united front across all offices worldwide.
In his tenure as president and CEO, from 2005 to 2016, the company expanded from a small toy company to a design-driven, global company boasting a powerhouse of iconic brands: Bright Starts™, InGenuity™, and Baby Einstein,™ and a broad portfolio of toy and gear products that deliver meaningful innovation and differentiation to the global marketplace. Today, the company produces more than 500 unique products and sells to 76,800 retail outlets across the globe.
The company grows significantly each year and increases its global footprint, which can be attributed to its entrepreneurial environment of collaboration and fun that empowers employees to succeed both personally and professionally. The company has received several corporate awards and accolades, including being a “Top 150 Private Companies in Georgia” (Atlanta Business Chronicle, 2018) and a “Best Place to Work in Atlanta” (Atlanta Business Chronicle, 2013)
Ryan is focused on cultivating a unique corporate culture while keeping cutting-edge in a fast-paced industry. To this end, he launched an advisory board in 2015 and handpicked an executive team to help realize his vision to redefine the industry by creating holistic solutions for early-stage parents that transcend borders, categories, and isles.
Ryan is also a co-founder and partner of Be Curious Partners, a venture capital fund investing in the reinvention of parenthood. The fund is designed for co-creation and collaboration to help companies scale and engage as many parents as possible. The fund is currently building its portfolio of investments and includes Motherly, Wonderschool, and Kidbox as investment companies.
In addition to driving the business, Gunnigle is passionate about making a difference and giving back to the communities in which employees work and live. Through personal and companywide commitments, Kids2 has given more than $1 million to local, national and international organizations that directly impact children, women, and families across the globe.
The toy business is a way of life for Gunnigle who first entered the infant toy and baby gear industry as a child when his father, Tom Gunnigle, led the company in 1978. Gunnigle grew up in the business doing odd jobs during his teenage years throughout the organization. Upon graduating from Emory University in 1990, Gunnigle joined Kids2 as an associate product manager. Gunnigle was named President in 1998 and became President and CEO after purchasing the company from his father in 2005.
Kids2 is a global company that designs solutions to help early-stage parents and families create tiny wins that build bright futures. The Kids2™ brand portfolio includes the leading infant, baby, and toddler brands Baby Einstein®, Bright Starts®, and Ingenuity®. Headquartered in Atlanta, Kids2 spans globally with 12 offices on four continents serving customers in more than 90 countries and has been inventing and reinventing baby products for 50 years. Led by CEO Ryan Gunnigle, it operates with an agile start-up approach, which fosters the company’s growing success.