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ASM Global announces new Singapore HQ

ASM Global APAC has expanded its footprint in Asia Pacific with the announcement of new Singapore headquarters and plans to grow its overall operations in the region.

ASM Global Singapore will have a joint leadership team comprising two industry specialists: EVP, operations Paul Sergeant, who has been with ASM Global for three years, most recently as SVP, and Ed Sanderson as EVP, venue development. Sanderson brings 20 years of commercial and operational experience in venues and facilities across Asia, most recently with Populous.

The pair are expected to take up their roles in Singapore by the end of the year.

“We believe that this part of the world is ready for a phase of robust growth, and we’re investing in personnel and plans to ensure we’re at the forefront of a significant growth curve,” says ASM Global CEO and president Ron Bension.

Having our ASM Global APAC industry professionals like Paul and Ed on the ground will bring a wealth of local knowledge and experience to our operations

ASM Global APAC chairman and CEO Harvey Lister, points to ASM’s under-construction Kai Tak Sports Park in Hong Kong; the Shenzhen World Exhibition and Convention Center, and six future arenas confirmed to be managed by ASM Global in the region as examples of the area’s vast potential.

“This is an exciting development and reinforcement of the importance of this region to our organisation and the expansion of our regionally based business activities,” says Lister. “Having our ASM Global APAC industry professionals like Paul and Ed on the ground will bring a wealth of local knowledge and experience to our operations.”

Lister adds that he looks forward to working closely with the team on the ground on future development opportunities.

 


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UTA hires Erika Savage, CAA taps Mark Bennett

Following a raft of promotions at both agencies, UTA has appointed Erika Savage as SVP of global music operations, while CAA has bolstered its music touring department with the hiring of agent Mark Bennett.

Savage led strategic development at Interscope Records prior to becoming SVP of partnership development at beauty firm Forma Brands.

Based in Los Angeles, she will play a key role in the agency’s strategic planning and business development across its music division.

Bennett, meanwhile, joins CAA from MBA Live, the agency he founded and that worked with a diverse roster of artists such as KSI, Polo G, S-X, Digital Farm Animals, Deco, BRYN, and The Paper Kites.

I could not be more proud of what was achieved with MBA Live

Prior to forming MBA Live, Bennett spent five years at The Agency Group for five years, where he nurtured emerging talent including Arizona, Fickle Friends, Fletcher, Jain, Milburn, Saint Motel, The Regrettes, Willow and Zella Day.  

“I am incredibly excited to join CAA’s team of hard-working agents, many of whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with for years,” says Bennett. “I could not be more proud of what was achieved with MBA Live, and look forward to the opportunities that CAA will provide for my artists and I, as we continue to grow, develop, and learn from some of the greatest minds and people in this industry.”

Bennett, who will be based in CAA’s London office, began his music industry career more than a decade ago as a tour manager.

The news comes days after UTA announced 50 promotions across 20 divisions, including three in its music department, and CAA promoted nine employees to agent/executive within its music touring team.

 


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Ticketmaster ramps up Asia Pacific presence

Ticketmaster has ramped up its global expansion with the appointment of Jim Kotsonis to the newly created role of regional VP, Asia Pacific (APAC).

Kotsonis, who recently celebrated his 20th year with the company, will oversee Ticketmaster’s operations across the region including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan.

He brings a wealth of experience to the position, having served in various finance and operations roles across the business, most recently having overall responsibility for Australia and New Zealand.

The APAC region represents tremendous opportunities for Ticketmaster to continue its global expansion

Mark Yovich, global Ticketmaster president, says: “Jim is a stalwart of Ticketmaster, he knows the business inside out. It is great to have him at the helm of our APAC region, where no doubt he will do a fantastic job of leading the experienced and passionate local team.”

As part of the new APAC leadership structure, Anjelica Devoe becomes general manager – New Zealand. Devoe previously served in various roles at both Ticketmaster and Moshtix, as well as working with the All Blacks Tours and FIFA tournaments.

Kotsonis adds: “The APAC region represents tremendous opportunities for Ticketmaster to continue its global expansion. I’m really excited to be in a position to formally lead the region, especially as we enter a new era of live with fan demand greater than ever before.”

Ticketmaster moved into Asia in early 2020, establishing a presence in Taiwan and Singapore.

 


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