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Live Nation NZ bolsters leadership team

TITP co-founder Stuart Clumpas has been named chairman of Live Nation New Zealand, with the company also filling senior production, operations and promotions roles

By Jamie Raybould on 08 May 2018

Clumpas, Latham, Kneebone, Wheadon


Stuart Clumpas, an entertainment executive of 40 years and co-founder of the UK’s V and T in the Park festivals, has been named chairman of Live Nation New Zealand.

Rick Latham and Steve Wheadon, meanwhile, have been appointed head of operations and head of production, respectively, while Mark Kneebone becomes head of promotions, looking after event and talent development, alongside marketing.

Clumpas moved from his native Scotland to New Zealand in 2010, and joined Live Nation in 2015 when the company bought into the 12,000-capacity Spark Arena in Auckland, which he part owned.

He says: “The New Zealand music business has grown in leaps and bounds over the past two decades, and this new role gives me the opportunity to make sure that Live Nation is at the forefront of ensuring that growth continues in the future.

“I emigrated down under from Scotland 16 years ago supposedly to retire from the business, but I’m clearly not very good at that. I’m very positive about this new challenge”

“I emigrated down under from Scotland 16 years ago supposedly to retire from the business, but I’m clearly not very good at that. I’m very positive about this new challenge.”

About the market in New Zealand, Live Nation Australasia’s CEO, Roger Field, says: “New Zealand is a valuable and vibrant entertainment market, and it’s time it is recognised for its importance and growth potential it the region. These appointments demonstrate our commitment to New Zealand, and our objective of bringing more events, to more people across the country.”

The appointments come following Live Nation’s newest acquisitions of the Rhythm and Vines festival, New Zealand’s largest, and more recently Rock in Rio.

 


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