Tributes are pouring in for the late Forster, who also served in senior roles at Wembley Stadium, Academy Music Group and MAMA & Company
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The new CEO is tasked with taking the UK venue operator forward, with directors Richard Maides and Carl Bathgate stepping aside
By IQ on 26 Sep 2019
Multifaceted UK venue management outfit VMS Live has appointed Bert Van Horck as CEO, effective 21 September.
Van Horck – whose CV includes producing stadium shows by Shakira and Depeche Mode, as well as major sporting events such as the Baku 2015 European Olympics and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games – succeeds VMS founder Steve Forster, who passed away earlier this year.
Forster’s widow, Kate, also joins the VMS Live as a non-executive director.
She comments: “I am focusing on the opportunity to preserve and continue to grow the legacy of my late husband. This is the appropriate time to extend a huge ‘thank you’ all the staff, suppliers, clients and other stakeholders who all contributed to keeping VMS Live running over the difficult past five months.
“Bert has a unique track record in the event industry, including promoting and producing live entertainment and starting up venues, and I am looking forward to working with him to take the company forward.”
“Bert has a unique track record, including promoting and producing live entertainment and starting up venues”
Van Horck’s other experience includes serving as CEO of event crowd management specialist ICMS, trading as Showsec in the UK, and managing director of De Boer Structures UK.
“VMS Live is in a great space in this dynamic sector, and I am very much looking to working with the new team to build on the incredible foundations and legacy Steve Forster, Richard Maides and Carl Bathgate have put in place.
“We’d also like to give special thanks to Richard and Carl, who led the company over this difficult recent period. Both have now resigned following a transfer of their duties.
“The company is grateful for their long-standing service and contribution to its growth, particularly their special efforts over these five last months. They played a major part in developing the USPs which make VMS Live such a unique group of companies, blending venue management, promoting and ticketing into a one-stop-shop entertainment organisation.”
VMS’s venues include the Welly in Hull, the Foundry in Sheffield, the Waterfront in Norwich, Brixton Electric in London, the Lemon Grove in Exeter and the Eventim Olympia in Liverpool.
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