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FKP Scorpio appoints new chief operating officer

Former label exec and manager Freddie de Wall, praised by FKP's Folkert Koopmans as a "passionate and professional expert", joins in the newly created position of COO

By Jon Chapple on 27 Apr 2017

Freddie de Wall, FKP Scorpio, Carsten Christians

image © Carsten Christians

German promoter FKP Scorpio has appointed veteran artist manager Freddie de Wall to the newly created position of chief operating officer (COO).

De Wall (pictured) was most recently co-owner and managing director of Hamburg-based management firm Heinrich & de Wall. He began his career as a road manager and booker with now-defunct concert promoter Sunrise, then spent two decades in the label business, working at Phonogram, WEA Records, Metronome, BMG (where he rose to become MD of BMG Denmark) and Edel Music.

At FKP Scorpio, which has since last June been majority owned by CTS Eventim, de Wall will focus on international “project development and coordination, and the strategic development and expansion of new business fields, both domestically and abroad”, according to a statement from Scorpio.

FKP Scorpio’s founder and managing director, Folkert Koopmans, comments: “With Freddie de Wall we have managed to acquire both a passionate and professional expert as COO. His diverse experience and contacts in the international music business will help us to successfully continue our expansion, both nationally and throughout Europe, and to implement the internal structures that are necessary to achieve this.

“With Freddie de Wall we have managed to acquire both a passionate and professional expert as COO”

“We are delighted that Freddie will strengthen the FKP Scorpio team in future as operative head, and that we can tackle the approaching challenges with him.”

“For many years I have observed with interest how purposefully Folkert Koopmans and his team have made FKP Scorpio into one of the most renowned and successful companies in the tough live music market, not only in Germany but throughout Europe,” adds de Wall. “He is a man of action, a great networker and impulse generator for the sector, with his own style.

“I am looking forward to bringing my own experience from many years in the music business to FKP Scorpio, taking responsibility for the operative business at a highly professional promoter and consolidating and further developing the position of the company internationally.”

FKP Scorpio recently won promoter of the year at the German Live Entertainment Awards 2017.


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