Stuart Clumpas named Chairman of Live Nation New Zealand

Veteran entertainment executive of 40 years, Stuart Clumpas (pictured far left), has officially been named as Chairman of Live Nation New Zealand.

The appointment comes alongside other senior leadership changes at the company in the Australasian market.

Rick Latham and Steve Wheadon have been appointed to the new roles of Head of Operations and Head of Production, respectively.

Meanwhile, Mark Kneebone has also been promoted to Head of Promotions, overseeing strategic event and talent development, as well as marketing.

The move follows the announcement of Live Nation’s controlling interest in local NZ staple Rhythm & Vines Festival.

“The New Zealand music business has grown in leaps and bounds over the past two decades.”

Stuart Clumpas, Live Nation

Live Nation New Zealand Chairman, Stuart Clumpas, said: “I emigrated down under from Scotland 16 years ago supposedly to retire from the business, but I’m clearly not very good at that. Seriously though, I’m very positive about this new challenge.

“The New Zealand music business has grown in leaps and bounds over the past two decades, and this new role gives me the opportunity to make sure that Live Nation is at the forefront of ensuring that growth continues in the future.

“Whilst we will always be close geographically to our cousins in Australia, the demographics of the two countries have moved in different paths over the past 20 years, and it’s time to capitalise and build on that in a positive fashion for New Zealand.”

Live Nation Australasia’s CEO, Roger Field, added: “New Zealand is a valuable and vibrant entertainment market, and it’s time it is recognised for its importance and growth potential it the region. These appointments demonstrate our commitment to New Zealand, and our objective of bringing more events, to more people across the country.”

In addition to their expanded roles overseeing operational and production for all Live Nation events in New Zealand, Rick Latham and Steve Wheadon both retain full oversight of the operations and production teams at Spark Arena, which Live Nation bought into in 2015.Music Business Worldwide

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