People on the move: AEG Presents, True Tickets and more…

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We round up the latest movements from the ticketing sector and associated industries…

Concerts West, a wholly owned subsidiary of AEG Presents, has appointed Jesse Stoll (pictured middle)as vice-president of touring. Stoll will work on identifying new touring opportunities, and building touring relationships and partnerships. 

Stoll said: “I am incredibly excited and hungry to dive in full force to the global touring space with Concerts West. I have grown up with the AEG family and there aren’t many companies that drive home the toughness, drive and true grit spirit of what embodies an all-around concert promoter. John and Paul’s close attention and treatment of their touring artists as real partners on all cylinders is unmatched at the highest level of service.”

Stoll joined AEG Presents as an operations coordinator in 2008 and has transitioned to a full time talent buyer over the last 14 years. He will be based in Los Angeles and will report to Concerts West co-chief executives John Meglen and Paul Gongaware. 

Chris Kamke and Kelly Hyne have joined Major League Soccer (MLS) side Orlando SC and National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) team Orlando Pride. 

Kamke has joined as chief strategy officer while Hyde has been named senior vice-president of brand alliances. Kamke will be responsible for leading the club’s strategy and analytics; ticket operations, sales and service; suite sales and service; and overall organisational business planning. 

Hyne will lead the brand alliances team to build and establish relationships between the club and its stakeholders while also looking to add new partners. Hyne will also focus on partnerships, sales and activations, as well as building event opportunities, for Exploria Stadium. 

London Theatre Direct is set to say goodbye to its co-founders Francis Hellyer and Emmanuel Ciolfi. 

The pair founded the company, which sells theatre tickets online, 23 years ago. London Theatre Direct was then acquired by Trafalgar Entertainment in 2019 and partners with theatres and producers in the West End and across the UK. 

Elsewhere, Marissa Mahendra has re-joined Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur as premium ticketing manager. 

Mahendra has extensive experience in the ticketing sector and was previously at the club from 2014 to 2016. Prior to re-joining Tottenham, Mahendra was the ticket venue planning manager for the summer’s Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

Digital ticketing company True Tickets has tapped former Tessitura Network chief executive and co-founder Jack Rubin (pictured left) as a strategic advisor. 

Rubin said: “True Tickets has radically transformed the entire ticketing industry. The company has been a solid partner with Tessitura for over two years, and I’m proud to be a part of the True Tickets journey as it continues to deliver innovative solutions that change the game for venues, patrons, and beyond.”

True Tickets CEO Matt Zarracina added: “As co-founder of Tessitura, Jack built a legacy that forever changed the ticketing industry. We are incredibly honored to have the opportunity to draw from his unparalleled experience and expertise.”

Entertainment and venue management company ASM Global has brought in Liam Thornton (pictured right) as executive vice-president of strategy and development. 

ASM Global president and CEO Ron Bension said: “We already have unmatched scale and worldwide experience with a multitude of stadiums, arenas, theatres, entertainment centres, convention/event spaces and consumer touchpoints as well as the ability to integrate brands into the unique ASM Global live experience ranging from music to sports to business, tech and more.”

In Thornton’s new role, the former executive vice-president of development at Live Nation Entertainment will be responsible for strategic planning, market research, site selection, lease and partnership negotiations, development feasibility, site planning, project advisory and investment analysis. 

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