Robert Langer is new Disney boss in Germany

Country manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland

COLOGNE, Germany -- Robert Langer is the new head of the German Mouse House.

The Walt Disney Company on Thursday named Langer the new country manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. From Disney's German headquarters in Munich, Langer will run all of Disney's German-language operations as well as the European operations of merchandising arm Disney Consumer Products. He will report to Diego Lerner, president of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

A native Bavarian, Langer (45) has held various executive posts at Disney, most recently as senior vp and chief financial officer of Disney Consumer Products Worldwide. He has an entertainment background, having set up (with Franz Abraham) the live music production company Art Concerts in Munich in 1986.

In addition to its distribution and consumer products operations, Disney controls a 50% stake in Europe's leading children's television channel Super RTL, based in Cologne, and operates its own German-language film production company.