Wednesday, 7 December 2016
COPENHAGEN: Danish toy maker Lego announced Tuesday a management shake-up to develop the brand beyond its iconic plastic bricks under the leadership of its veteran chief who brought the company back from the brink of bankruptcy.
Chief executive Jorgen Vig Knudstorp took over Lego when it was on verge of collapse in 2004 and transformed it into one of the industry’s biggest success stories, but he will step down by the end of the year to head a new unit focusing on the Lego brand, called Lego Brand Group.
Lego’s colourful toy blocks have proved resilient to the rise of digital devices which is battering the traditional toy industry, but the company has also been adept at using different channels to engage with children.
The group has allowed partners to develop branded video games, a Hollywood blockbuster, television shows and theme parks.
The company has grown over the years, but has always remained owned by the family of creator Ole Kirk Kristiansen since its founding in 1932.
Its sales have increased five-fold in the past 10 years, to 35.8 billion kroner (4.8 billion euros, $5.1 billion).
The company shake-up should be seen in the light of its loss-making expansion into non-core businesses before Knudstorp took over.
Knudstorp was the first non-family member to take the helm of the group.
He will be replaced at the Lego Group by 14-year Lego veteran Bali Padda, currently the company’s chief operating officer.
Padda, a Briton, will be the first non-Dane to head Lego Group, which will manufacture the plastic bricks.
The new unit, Lego Brand Group, would work with the Lego Group as well as other units, including Lego Education and attractions at the Merlin Entertainments-controlled Legoland theme parks.
Knudstorp will also become chairman of Lego Group.
Source by: Internet