Live Nation UK president and chief operating officer Paul Latham has announced his retirement after more than 30 years in the industry.

The executive revealed his retirement in an advert published in Music Week, in which Live Nation thanked him for “an incredible 34 years.”

“It has been my pleasure to know and work with my good friend Paul Latham for 28 years,” Live Nation UK and Ireland chairman Denis Desmond told the publication. “Paul’s many achievements over the years speak for themselves, not only in the commercial world but also the charities he has tirelessly helped.”

Latham launched his career as assistant manager of the Apollo Theatre Oxford in 1984, which was part of the Apollo Leisure Group.

The Apollo, which was acquired by SFX Entertainment in 1999, grew from six to more than 80 event spaces during that time.

Latham held a number of senior roles in venue operations, promotions and ticketing at the newly launch Live Nation, before being appointed the inaugural president of Live Nation’s UK business.

In 2009, he was made chief operating officer of international operations and appointed chief operating officer for the UK and Ireland two years later

In addition Latham has been chairman of charity organisation Creative and Cultural Skills since 2010, and he also sits as chair of London-based association UK Live Music Group, representing the interests of Britain’s live music industry.

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