The e-commerce giant's UK ticketing business appears to be gearing up for a US launch as it bids to become "Earth’s most customer-centric ticketing company"
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Following the demise of Amazon Tickets, head of sport Ben Martin, biz dev principal Michael Shaw and head of music relations Matthew Watts have all found new roles
By Jon Chapple on 05 Jun 2018
Ben Martin and Michael Shaw, formerly Amazon Tickets’ head of sport and principal, business development, sports, respectively, have found new roles, following the official shuttering of the company in February.
Martin has joined Legends International – a sports and venue consultancy whose clients include Yankee Stadium (56,886-cap.) in New York, AT&T Stadium (80,000-cap.) in Texas, Twickenham Stadium (55,000-cap.) in the UK and nearly 40 Live Nation venues – as vice-president, where he will be responsible for cultivating relationships with brands and rightsholders across Europe and internationally.
“With our continued expansion internationally, we identified partnerships as a critical area of focus for us,” comments Andrew Hampel, president of Legends International. “Ben’s experience in the partnership space made him a really attractive candidate for our team, and we couldn’t be happier to have him on board.”
Amazon Tickets ordered the closure of its UK operation on 21 February, after delaying indefinitely plans to launch stateside
Shaw, meanwhile, has joined Florida baseball team Miami Marlins as vice-president, head of customer engagement, alongside other new hires Elisa Padilla (senior VP of marketing) and Travis Apple (vice-president of ticket sales).
“As we continue to build this organisation, the addition of these innovative and accomplished individuals is an important step in the process of delivering a first-class experience our fans deserve,” says Marlins CEO Derek Jeter.
Amazon Tickets ordered the closure of its UK operation on 21 February, after delaying indefinitely plans to launch in the US.
Other notable Amazon Tickets US alumni include Matthew Watts, head of entertainment, media and music relations, who has joined Fender as vice-president of artist marketing; Cindy Charles, head of business development, who has started her own consultancy; and Lawrence Peryer, director of events and tickets, who has yet to announce any future plans.
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