Live music giant AEG, has hired industry veteran Matthew Lazarus-Hall Senior Vice President, AEG Presents, Asia Pacific.
The company has also announced the launch of a new regional HQ in Singapore.
In the newly created position, Lazarus-Hall will oversee all touring, festivals and sports for AEG Presents across the Pan-Asian region.
He will report to Adam Wilkes, President & CEO, AEG Asia, who will now be based out of AEG’s new Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore.
With over 25 years’ experience in live entertainment business, Lazarus-Hall has held numerous high-profile roles, including his consulting business – Uncommon Cord, that runs a number of major events in Australia where he also held the positions of CEO of Chugg Entertainment for 12 years and the CEO of Australia’s leading country music festival, CMC Rocks.
Under Lazarus-Hall’s leadership, Chugg Entertainment was ranked the sixth biggest promoter in the world in 2010. He has promoted hundreds of concert tours and helped develop two long running festivals, Laneway and CMC Rocks.
Prior to Chugg Entertainment, Lazarus-Hall held senior leadership roles at Ticketek, Australia’s largest ticketing agency, overseeing marquee events including the Sydney Olympic Games and the Rugby World Cup.
“With decades of experience in promoting world-class entertainment in the APAC region, Matthew was the ideal executive to lead our growing team.
Adam Wilkes, AEG
In addition, AEG has brought aboard two seasoned executives: Taylor Agisim as Vice President, Business Development and Ryan Sandilands, Vice President, Global Partnerships.
Agisim, who re-joins AEG having worked for the company in Shanghai, China in 2011-2012 and was most recently with FLASH Entertainment in Abu Dhabi, UAE, will concentrate on further expanding AEG’s platform in Asia Pacific.
Sandilands brings to AEG over 20 years of partnership experience through executive positions at Cirque du Soleil, Octagon, and the Women’s Tennis Association across both Europe and Asia.”
“AEG Presents has shown tremendous growth in other markets like the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States and I could see the potential once they began developing in Asia and the Pacific region.
AEG’s partnerships and growth initiatives in the region over the past two years include partnering with The Mall Group to develop two innovative entertainment and sports venues in Bangkok; partnering with CJ LiveCity to develop a state-of-the-art arena as part of an entertainment district in Seoul and a joint venture with Frontier Touring in Australia and New Zealand, in addition to entering into the tenth year managing China’s most successful arena, the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.
“With decades of experience in promoting world-class entertainment in the APAC region, Matthew was the ideal executive to lead our growing team,” said Wilkes. “We are thrilled to welcome him, as well as Taylor and Ryan, into the AEG family.”
Continued Wilkes: “The move to Singapore is precipitated by our continued growth across Asia and Australia. It’s the epicenter of business in the region and establishing AEG’s roots in the city solidifies our commitment to our partners and our growing business.”
Lazarus-Hall added: “AEG Presents has shown tremendous growth in other markets like the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States and I could see the potential once they began developing in Asia and the Pacific region.
“I look forward to working with Adam and the rest of the team as we explore all the new and exciting opportunities ahead.”
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