People on the move: DEAG, Populous and more…

Featured Image: Nicholas Reynolds, Jonathan Nelson, Mohit Mehta and Earl Santee

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

Live Nation-affiliated marketing and events company Neste Live! Has announced a series of promotions.

Andrew Fortin has stepped up to the role of vice-president of fairs and festivals, while Jill Kopecky has become vice-president of corporate and private events. Annette St. Onge has been promoted to director of operations.

Fortin will oversee Neste Live!’s portfolio of ticketed events, focusing on both national and international fairs and festivals. He will also continue to oversee booking for a number of state fairs in the US.

Meanwhile, Kopecky will take care of business development for corporate and private events, while St. Onge will oversee business operations.

DEAG founder and chief executive Peter Schwenkow has handed over operational management of the entertainment company to his co-CEO, Detlef Kornett.

Schwenkow made the announcement during a reception for his 70th birthday celebrations in Berlin.

“After 46 years at the helm of the company I founded and in the best of health, I am announcing the long-prepared move to a new role. From 1 April 2024, I will assume the role of ‘founder & senior advisor’ at DEAG and hand over responsibility as CEO,” Schwenkow said.

You can read the full story here.

FKP Scorpio UK and Communion have merged to form Communion ONE, a newly formed organisation that will be led by a board featuring managing directors Daniel EalamMazin Tappuni, and Scott O’Neill.

The non-executive leadership team is formed by Communion Music’s managing director Jamie Emsell, Communion’s co-founders Kevin Jones and Ben Lovett, FKP Scorpio’s chief executive and founder, Folkert Koopmans, and promoter Carlo Scarampi as a partner.

Read our earlier report from earlier this week, here.

Sport and entertainment venue design practice, Populous, has announced several strategic global organisational changes.

Earl Santee, one of the founders of the practice and chair of the global board of directors since 2020, has also been appointed as chief executive officer. Elsewhere, Nicholas Reynolds, senior principal within Populous’ EMEA region, has been made chief global strategy officer. Reynolds has worked at Populous for 27 years.

Reporting to Reynolds will be Mohit Mehta, global head of sustainability, and Jonathan Nelson, global head of digital. Additionally, regional sustainability leaders have been appointed, with David Jarratt taking on the role for EMEA and Kavita Gonsalves accepting the position for APAC.

Regional digital leads have also been appointed: Barbara Vasilatou (EMEA), Jason Gardner (Americas) and Nathan Tobeck (APAC).

Rounding off the Populous appointments, Richard Breslin has been made co-managing director for the APAC region, working alongside long-standing APAC managing director, Paul Henry. Breslin is based in Hong Kong, while Henry will remain based at Populous’ APAC HQ in Brisbane.

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