Kathleen Gallagher has been upped to exec VP & managing director of North American for Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE). She will now lead UPHE’s physical home entertainment business, including sales, operations, finance, customer marketing and distribution partnerships in the U.S. and Canada.

Gallagher replaces longtime UPHE executive Dick Longwell who is retiring after 20 years at Universal in senior sales and distribution. Longwell held similar roles at MGM Home Entertainment and Buena Vista Home Video.

“Dick has been an exceptional leader and collaborator, expertly guiding our domestic business through change during the last two years. 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,” said Eddie Cunningham, President, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Gallagher most recently served as senior VP in the same division. Gallagher began her career at Universal in 2000 but began her career in 1999 at Sony Pictures Entertainment in positions within Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.