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Matthew Lazarus-Hall joins AEG Presents Asia

The former Chugg Entertainment chief has been named senior VP for the Asia Pacific, based in AEG Presents' new Singapore regional headquarters

By Jon Chapple on 16 Sep 2019

Matthew Lazarus-Hall was CEO of Chugg Entertainment for 12 years

Matthew Lazarus-Hall was CEO of Chugg Entertainment for 12 years

AEG Presents has hired former Chugg Entertainment CEO Matthew Lazarus-Hall as senior vice-president for the Asia-Pacific region.

Lazarus-Hall – who left Australia’s Chugg in March 2016 to set up a consulting firm, Uncommon Cord – will oversee all touring, festivals and sports “across the pan-Asian region”, according to the company, reporting to AEG Asia CEO Adam Wilkes. Prior to joining Chugg Entertainment, where he was also instrumental in setting up country music festival CMC Rocks, Lazarus-Hall, 48, worked at Ticketek, Australia’s leading ticket agency.

Lazarus-Hall tells IQ Uncommon Cord will still operate with Kuseah Lawton as general manager (GM) and director of the business. “There are some good projects that are in the works,” he says.

“My role on CMC [GM] stays the same for 2020,” he adds. (As an aside, Chugg Entertainment, meanwhile, has since joined forces with AEG-allied Frontier Touring.)

“My role on CMC stays the same for 2020”

Wilkes tells Billboard he has recently moved to Singapore to head up AEG Asia’s new head office, after nearly 18 years living in China. He says the new office, which replaces one in Shanghai, is expected to employ some two dozen people, including the Asia-Pacific business development team.

Also added to the new Singapore regional headquarters are VP of business development Taylor Agisim, who rejoins AEG from Abu Dhabi’s Flash Entertainment, and VP of global partnerships Ryan Sandilands, latterly of Cirque du Soleil.

The Shanghai office will remain a core part of the AEG’s Asia operations, Wilkes tells Billboard. AEG operates the city’s Mercedes-Benz Arena, and is currently developing two venues in Bangkok, Thailand, and a 20,000-seat arena in Seoul, South Korea.


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