The LEGO Group today announced the appointment of Jesper Andersen as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective October 1, 2020.
Andersen will lead the LEGO Group’s finance team which includes strategic financial planning and reporting, audit, tax, treasury as well as the company’s legal, compliance and risk management, strategy and transformation and business services teams. Andersen will report to the LEGO Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Niels B Christiansen and sit on the company’s Executive Leadership Team.
Andersen joins the LEGO Group from Upfield, a leading plant-based food company whose iconic brands include Flora and Becel, where he has been Chief Financial Officer since 2018. Prior to this he was Chief Financial Officer at Beiersdorf for three years. He began his career at Colgate-Palmolive where he spent more than 20 years as a finance executive, holding leadership roles in Europe, Asia and North America.
Niels B Christiansen, CEO the LEGO Group said: “Jesper’s extensive global experience as a Chief Financial Officer will benefit the LEGO Group well as we drive towards achieving our ambition of bringing play to more children around the world. He is a values-driven leader with a strong track record developing world-class teams focussed on delivering long-term sustainable growth.”
Jesper Andersen said: “It is a dream come true to work for an iconic company such as the LEGO Group. I have always admired the company, its mission-driven culture and ambition to develop future generations through play. I am also excited about returning to Denmark and work for a family-owned company that thinks long-term and seeks to have a positive impact on children, partners, employees and society at large.”
Andersen holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Aarhus School of Business and a Bachelor of Business from the South Danish Business School.