Gallagher Tapped to Replace Longwell as MD, North America, at Universal

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) on March 30 announced the promotion of sales and retail marketing executive Kathleen Gallagher to EVP and managing director, North America.

Gallagher will lead UPHE’s physical home entertainment business, including sales, operations, finance, customer marketing and distribution partnerships across the United States and Canada.

“Kathleen’s sharp instincts and expert insights have long been pivotal to UPHE’s evolution of standards, processes and best practices across the nation’s largest retailers,” said Eddie Cunningham, president of UPHE. “She is a talented executive with a deep knowledge of the home entertainment landscape, making her the ideal choice to lead UPHE’s North American retail business into the future.”

Gallagher most recently was SVP of sales, customer marketing, and category management for UPHE’s U.S. physical sellthrough and rental businesses. She began her career at Universal in 2000 as assistant category manager and quickly advanced up the ranks, serving in various sales, category management and customer marketing positions.

Gallagher began her career in 1999 at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where she held sales planning positions within what was then Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Gallagher replaces longtime UPHE executive Dick Longwell, who is retiring. Longwell has served UPHE in senior sales and distribution capacities since joining the company in 1998. Previously, he held similar roles at MGM Home Entertainment and Buena Vista Home Video.

Longwell initially left UPHE in 2012 as EVP of sales and category management for North America, but rejoined the studio in October 2016 as managing director of North America, a position he had been filling on an interim basis since John Morici left in January.

“Dick has been an exceptional leader and collaborator, expertly guiding our domestic business through change during the last two years,” Cunningham said. “While it is tough to see him go, we are grateful for the invaluable contributions he has made to UPHE’s advancement and wish him well in his next chapter.”