As General Manager and EVP of Lucasfilm, Lynwen Brennan oversees all businesses, including Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound. She is responsible for the development and execution of Lucasfilm’s business strategy and implementation of the company vision. Lynwen oversees the Star Wars Franchise groups including Marketing and Integrated Planning, Games, Publishing and Consumer Products, Publicity, Asset Management and Content Strategy. She also looks after Lucasfilm Studio operations, including Human Resources, Finance and Legal.
Her career with Lucasfilm started in 1999 with her role as Technical Area Leader for the Computer Graphics Technical Directors in Lucasfilm’s storied visual effects company, Industrial Light & Magic. She rose through the ranks to become President of ILM in 2009. As President, Brennan guided ILM through one of its most successful periods. Under her leadership, ILM expanded its global footprint, opening offices in Vancouver, British Columbia, and London; grew its San Francisco studio; and significantly expanded its highly successful Singapore studio. In February 2015 she was promoted to General Manager and EVP of Lucasfilm.
In 2016, Brennan was awarded Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, for her contributions in support of the UK’s visual effects industry. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Prior to joining Lucasfilm, Brennan had 10 years of experience in visual effects software development at companies such as Parallax Software, Avid Technology, and Alias Wavefront.
Brennan holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of London. In 2018, she received the honorary degree of Doctor of Science (Social Sciences), Honoris Causa from Royal Holloway University of London. The award was bestowed upon Lynwen for her outstanding work in the visual effects industry.