We round up the latest movements from the ticketing sector and associated industries…
Aaron LeValley has been appointed to the role of chief strategy officer at Logitix, the live event ticketing technology and analytics specialist.
LeValley, a 2021 Sports Business Journal 40 under 40 honoree, will be tasked with helping Logitix partners grow their revenue, find new fans, and improve ticketing strategies. LeValley is the former senior vice-president of business operations and strategy at the LA Kings & AEG Sports, where he was charged with transforming their business into a data-driven decision-making organisation.
“We continue to add rockstars to our team at Logitix,” said Logitix chief executive Stu Halberg. “Aaron has been one of the most well-respected leaders in our industry, and we’re thrilled to welcome him as chief strategy officer. He’s joining a team committed to bringing the industry’s best technology, data analytics, and strategies to optimise ticket sales and distribution.”
Through 14 years at AEG, LeValley led eight departments across the AEG Sports portfolio, including the Kings, the LA Galaxy of the MLS, and the Ontario Reign of the AHL.
Jess Brown has been named vice president – ticket technology and booking by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Brown, now entering her 16th season with the Major League Baseball team, has built a 27-year career spanning the entertainment industry. Most recently, Brown served in the role of senior director – ticket services and technology, overseeing all aspects of the Brewers’ ticket office – including the transition to digital ticketing. Prior to joining the Brewers, Brown spent time in ticket operations and sales at notable entertainment companies such as Summerfest and Tickets(com).
In her new role, Brown will continue the oversight of the ticket office and take on the additional responsibilities of securing large-scale non-baseball events and managing the ticketing operations associated with those events.
“We are very fortunate to have the wealth of expertise and leadership skills that Jess Brown brings to our organisation,” said Jason Hartlund, the Brewers’ chief commercial officer. “She has worked closely with senior leadership over the last decade to grow the Brewers ticket strategies and sales while continually evolving the digital ticketing landscape. We are appreciative of her dedication and look forward to her contributions in her expanded role.”
Oak View Group has appointed John Page as senior vice-president of Acrisure Arena, the Coachella Valley Firebirds, and OVG360 Facilities where he will oversee management and oversight of the three entities.
Based in Palm Springs, Page starts his new role effective immediately and will report to Tod Leiweke, president of the Coachella Valley Firebirds, Francesca Bodie, president of OVG business development, and Chris Granger, president of OVG360.
Bodie said: “John is a well-respected leader with decades of experience in the live industry, and I’m very proud to officially welcome him to OVG. Vision and drive have been the cornerstones of his career and we’re very excited for him to bring the same energy and leadership to our team in Palm Springs.”
Black Box Music founder Jason Murray has become president of Vector Management following the merger of the two artist management companies.
In his new role, Murray, who has launched acts such as The Glorious Sons and JJ Wilde, will oversee operations and new business at the Nashville-headquartered group, which also has offices in New York and Los Angeles, and now Toronto.
“I believe today, more so than ever before, artists need a management partner that fully understands all aspects of the music business,” said Murray. “Vector has been that company for decades, and we will continue to build on that ethos as we look forward.”
After five years in the role, Michael Longhurst has announced he is to step down as artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, the not-for-profit theatre in London’s Covent Garden.
During his time as leader, Donmar carried out significant capital improvements to the theatre and developed sound installation ‘Blindness’, which went on to tour the UK and internationally to cities including Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Auckland.
Longhurst said: “When I leave next year, I will do so with the company in robust financial health, in part due to the Donmar’s many loyal supporters, with whose help we feel confident we can fill the gap left by the recent withdrawal of our Arts Council funding. I know that the Donmar will not simply survive, but thrive and continue to forge forward as an industry leader and innovator – this next chapter is a new moment and an incredible opportunity for the company’s next artistic director.”
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