Universal adds new executives to its brand development team.
Ben Braun is set to become the new CFO of Brand Development at Universal. Braun is presently holding the position of Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at Universal.
He will take over his new role in November. Braun will be responsible for managing the financial planning and analytics team, alongside business development.
Before joining Universal, Braun was Head of Business and Corporate Development at DreamWorks Animation. He also spent nine years at investment bankers Morgan Stanley, as Associate, Vice President and Executive Director.
Another addition has also been made to the brand development team. Santiago Capdepont will take on the newly created role of Senior Vice President, Head of Operations. Capdepont has previously worked at NBCUniversal Media and, before that, for a range of Disney companies including The Disney Stores and Disney Consumer Products.
The branding team is responsible for expanding Universal properties. They work across Universal Pictures, Illumination Animation, DreamWorks Animation and NBCUniversal. The aim is to move beyond the big screen into consumer products, digital content, games, and live events.