Mattel, Inc. engages in the ownership of children's and family entertainment franchises. It operates through the following segments: North America, International, and American Girl. The North America and International segments focus on marketing and selling toys and consumer products. The American Girl segment includes marketing, retailing, and publishing dedicated to its mission to help girls grow up with confidence and character. The company was founded by Elliot Handler, Ruth Handler, and Harold Matson in 1945 and is headquartered in El Segundo, CA.