Lego appoints new CEO to replace interim boss – California News

Lego appoints new CEO to replace interim boss – California News

Danish toy company Lego has appointed Niels B. Christiansen, who headed thermostat-maker Danfoss for nine years, as its chief executive.

Christiansen replaces Bali Padda, who took over as interim CEO in January. Padda will hold a “special advisory” role within the group.

Chairman Joergen Vig Knudstorp said Thursday that said Christiansen, 51, will start Oct. 1.

Lego said Christiansen became chief executive of Danish audio solutions maker GN Netcom at the age of 33, and joined the family-owned Danfoss in 2004. He became its head four years later, a job he held until June.

“He transformed a traditional industrial company into a technology leader,” said Vig Knudstorp — a former Lego CEO himself — adding he was confident the toymaker “will continue to flourish” under Christiansen.

In March, Lego said its 2016…

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