People on the move: AEG Presents, Vivenu and more…

Featured image credit: AEG Presents/ Vivenu

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

Concert promoter and entertainment company, AEG Presents, has appointed Rich Johnson (pictured left) as senior vice-president of ticketing and revenue. He will oversee the department under the company’s Global Touring division. 

Before taking on his new role at AEG Presents, Johnson frequently advised ticketing outlet AXS, a subsidiary of AEG. 

Johnson said: “I have long admired the team at AEG Presents and thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with them across countless tours over the years. I couldn’t be more excited to join Gary and the Global Touring team to drive world-class service and results for their incredible roster of artists.”

Based in Los Angeles, Johnson will report to president of global touring and talent, Gary Gersh. 

Artist agency Wasserman Music has added six agents to its global team, welcoming artist representatives Jake Bernstein and Ollie Sean; Latin music agent Juan Toro; Natalka Dudynsky, who will be in charge of booking casinos and performing arts centres; Jesse Fayne, who will handle international festivals and Matt Malcom, who will have a focus on country and Americana fairs and festivals.

Wasserman Music executive vice-president and managing executive Lee Anderson said: “Wasserman continues to be thoughtful about ways to grow our footprint in the Music Industry and expand our ability to service our world-renowned clients. 

“It is critical that anyone who joins our team shares our ethos, and the additions of Jake, Ollie, Juan, Natalka, Jesse and Matt do just that. We are thrilled to welcome them and their clients to the Wasserman family.”

AEG Presents UK has appointed Lee Laborde as senior vice-president of the promoting division. 

Laborde will be responsible for leading a team of promoters as the entertainment company looks to expand across its venues and touring businesses. He will report to AEG Presents UK chief executive Steve Homer. 

Vivenu has brought in Brett Wallace (pictured middle) as the senior enterprise account executive as part of the company’s US operations. Wallace has joined the primary ticketing software provider from Learfield, where he most recently held the position of sales director.

Jeffrey Landry (pictured right) has also joined Vivenu’s US operations as category lead, leisure, from booking platform FareHarbour, after six years with the company. Prior to joining FareHarbour, Landry worked for management consultancy and accounting firm, PwC.

Entertainment and venue management company ASM Global has appointed Caroline Ginnane as general manager of Utilita Arena Newcastle. 

Ginnane has been working as the venue’s interim general manager and head of sales and marketing. 

Marie Lindqvist, senior vice-president of operations, Europe, at ASM Global, said: “’m delighted that Caroline remains an integral part of the Utilita Arena team, taking up her new role as the venue looks ahead to an exciting 2023. Caroline has demonstrated exceptional business acumen and leadership skills, and always works with such positive energy – skills which undoubtedly make her a fantastic fit for this role. 

“The North East is an important market for ASM Global – with a busy Utilita Arena and the development of The Sage, and alongside our senior team members like Caroline, we have great confidence for the future here. Congratulations to Caroline from all at ASM Global.”

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