Ticketmaster is to combine its North America and International teams into one global entity, with president Jared Smith (pictured centre) to become chairman of the merged operation.
Mark Yovich, Ticketmaster’s president of International, has been elevated to become the Live Nation-owned company’s president of global business, while Amy Howe (pictured right), former president of North America, has been appointed as the new global chief operating officer.
Meanwhile, Live Nation’s David Davies has announced he is leaving his position as vice-president of property and facilities, Europe.
In a LinkedIn post, he explained the main reason behind the change is based on the effect that COVID-19 is having on the business.
Davies left the role on August 14 after approximately four years with Ticketmaster’s parent company.
He said: “The root cause of this decision is the current outbreak of Coronavirus and the serious effect it is having on our core business, so this is a sign of the times I am afraid.
“It has been my privilege to have got to know some you better over the last four years or so while I have been with Live Nation.”
Elsewhere, Ken Frank (pictured left) has been named as the managing director of See Tickets Switzerland and will take over the management of the ticket marketer, which was formerly Starticket, from October 1.
He succeeds Christof Zogg, who will leave the company.
Frank will take over the management of the Swiss ticketing company after several years in the chief operating officer role at Starticket AG. He has been chief product officer and deputy chief executive since 2016.
Rob Wilmshurst, global chief executive of See Tickets, said: “With Ken Frank, we have found an ideal internal successor as Managing Director. We are delighted that he will continue to bring his experience and network to our new company.
“At the same time, we would like to thank Christof Zogg for his outstanding work – especially during the last few months, which have been very challenging due to the Corona crisis and the simultaneous transition.”
SeatGeek has appointed Robert Flemming to the role of head of platform services.
Fleming has previously held the roles of head of global product support and director of operations UK at the ticketing firm.
True Tickets has announced the addition of Randi Zuckerberg as a strategic advisor, following an investment from her fund Broadway Beta Ventures.
Zuckerberg, who is the former director of market development and spokesperson for Facebook, and a sister of the company’s co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, will assist the True Tickets team in accelerating its growth and expanding its partner network.
Zuckerberg said: “Even before the pandemic uprooted live entertainment, True Tickets was offering an opportunity to innovate ticketing for live events. Now as the industry grapples with the challenges of COVID-19, True Tickets is offering a technology to help the industry safely reopen and move forward.”