People on the Move: New Leadership at Disney TV Germany, LEGO, Universal CP

Joe Lawandus
Joe Lawandus

Thorsten Braun has been tapped to replace Lars Wagner as Vice President and General Manager for Disney Channel in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Braun will oversee all Disney TV networks in German-speaking territories, including Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD and Disney Cinemagic. He will also continue his existing VP/GM duties for Disneymedia+, handling all ad sales and promotional activities in the region.

Niels Christiansen will succeed Bali Padda as the new Chief Executive Officer of The LEGO Group, effective October 1. Christiansen was most recently CEO of global industrial tech company Danfoss, serving for nine years — he has also been CEO of GN Netcom. Padda will step away from the long-held position to become a special advisor to The LEGO Brand Group.

Universal Brand Development has made some changes to its consumer products team. Joe Lawandus has been named the new Senior Vice President and General Manager of the North American consumer products division. Lawandus was previously SVP & GM of global brand marketing and design for Mattel. Marc Low is taking on additional responsibilities as Senior Vice President and General Manager of international consumer products, building on his post as SVP of the group. The company also announced that Manuel Torres, Executive Vice President – Worldwide Consumer Products, will be departing the company at the end of the month.

Thorsten Braun

Thorsten Braun

Marc Low

Marc Low

Joe Lawandus

Joe Lawandus

Niels Christiansen

Niels Christiansen