Michael Araten was appointed president and CEO of the Rodon Group and K'NEX Brands in January 2009. He joined K'NEX and the Rodon Group in 2005 as vice president and general counsel and became president and chief operating officer in 2006. Before joining K'NEX, Araten served as chief litigation counsel to Toll Brothers, Inc. and senior vice president for O'Neill Properties Group.
Araten serves on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce; ALMO Corporation; 911Safety, LLC; American Made Matters; and the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. He is a member of Smart CEO and Vistage International and is active with the North Penn United Way. Araten holds a B.A. in political science from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.