LEGO® Education North America Names New President in 2014


  • Colin Gillespie has been named as the new president for LEGO® Education North America, beginning January 1, 2014.
  • Stephan Turnipseed, previous LEGO Education North America president, moves into a global role.

PITTSBURG, Kan.--()--Today, LEGO Education North America announced senior leadership changes reflecting its continued evolution, global growth, and commitment to delivering innovative and hands-on learning solutions to educators.

Colin Gillespie is the new president for LEGO Education North America. Gillespie has served in a variety of leadership roles over the past 13 years at the LEGO Group within national and multinational markets. Most recently, Gillespie developed the long-term marketing strategy for the LEGO Group’s prioritized expansion in Brazil. Prior to this, he was vice president and general manager of Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) Europe (EU) in Munich, Germany, where he led the comprehensive scaling up of the LEGO Group’s branded retail stores and ecommerce channel in the total EU region. Gillespie has also served as Head of Marketing for the LEGO Group’s Global D2C division, where he established multichannel marketing strategies across 24 countries.

“I truly believe that on a daily basis LEGO Education transforms the lives of students and teachers in today’s classroom and during after-school activities,” said Gillespie. “Placing the unmatched power and potential of the LEGO brick in the hands of educators is enabling them to engage students in true 21st-century learning. Together with educators, we’re creating a generation of problem solvers that will contribute positively to the global society for years to come, and I look forward to being a part of this vision for the organization.”

Stephan Turnipseed, who successfully led LEGO Education North America’s growth for the past 15 years, will move into a new global role in January 2014, leading the further development of strategic partnerships for LEGO Education. He will act as chief evangelist for LEGO Education at events and look to forge new collaborations with strategic, global partners in order to extend the LEGO Education reach and brand.

“This leadership change is a terrific example of LEGO Education North America’s ongoing commitment to ensuring we are providing educators and students with transformational learning tools,” said Turnipseed. “Colin has a stellar track record within the LEGO Group for positive growth that benefits the customer. I look forward to Colin’s contribution in his new role.”


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About LEGO Education
Since 1980, LEGO Education ( has delivered hands-on, curriculum-based resources for teachers and students worldwide. LEGO Education believes a hands-on, minds-on approach helps students actively take ownership of the learning process and develop 21st-century skills such as creative thinking and problem solving through real-life, engaging experiences.

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LEGO Education
Trisha McDonell, 512-659-5381

Release Summary

Colin Gillespie has been named as the new president for LEGO® Education North America.


LEGO Education
Trisha McDonell, 512-659-5381