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Music festival marketplace Festicket appoints former lastminute.com CEO Ian McCaig as chairman and industry veteran Harvey Goldsmith as senior advisor
By Anna Grace on 07 Oct 2019
Veteran concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith CBE has joined festival experience platform Festicket as senior advisor.
Festicket announced Goldsmith’s appointment alongside that of Ian McCaig, the former CEO of online travel retailer lastminute.com, who will be chairman of the company.
With more than 50 years in the live industry, Goldsmith has produced, managed or promoted events including Live Aid and Live 8. Goldsmith is also the founder of London music festival OnBlackheath and events agency Nvisible.
McCaig was appointed CEO of lastminute.com in 2006, following the sale of the company to travel technology company Sabre Corporation for US$1.1 billion. He subsequently served as CEO of energy provider First Utility, until its sale to Shell in 2017.
“Having admired their careers from afar for some time, to have Ian and Harvey join the Festicket family at this exciting time is something we’re very pleased to make happen”
The new Festicket chairman also sits on the boards of African solar energy company M-Kopa Ltd, equity crowdfunding company Seedrs, the British Tourist Authority and English Heritage.
Zack Sabban, Festicket CEO and co-founder, comments: “We’re so happy to welcome both Ian and Harvey to the company. Having admired their careers from afar for some time, to be able to have them join the Festicket family at this exciting time and help accelerate us to the next level in our development is something we’re very pleased to have been able to make happen.”
The news follows Festicket’s acquisition of UK-based ticketing and cashless payments platform Event Genius and its consumer-facing brand Ticket Arena.
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