Live Nation’s Ticketmaster appoints new chair and managing director

• Gavin Taylor will be taking on the role of managing director for Ticketmaster Australia.

Ticketmaster Australia and New Zealand, a Live Nation Entertainment company, has announced a series of leadership changes and executive appointments as part of the company’s growth and expansion across Australia and New Zealand.

Maria O’Connor, who has served as managing director of Ticketmaster Australia and New Zealand for the last 28 years, has been promoted to the chairman of Australia and New Zealand. Former CEO of the West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) Gavin Taylor will be taking on the role of managing director for Ticketmaster Australia.

O’Connor joined Ticketmaster in 1983 when the company operated as BASS under the Victorian Government. Over more than three decades at the company, O’Connor has been instrumental in many milestones and has played an integral part in shaping the ticketing industry in the region. In her role as chairman, O’Connor will continue responsibility for her long-term industry relationships and look for opportunities to grow Ticketmaster’s business in the region.

Gavin Taylor will be finishing in his role as CEO at the WAFC on the 12th November 2020, prior to moving to Melbourne in early January to commence in the role.

Additional senior executive promotions within the business include:

Jim Kotsonis, who has been with the company since 2001 and served as finance and operations director will move to the newly created position of executive vice president of Ticketmaster Australia and New Zealand.

Justin Pule, who began his career at Ticketmaster New Zealand in 2007 and has been running the business since 2010, will now serve officially as managing director of Ticketmaster New Zealand.

Harley Evans, who joined the business in 2019, continues as managing director of Moshtix Australia and New Zealand servicing the general admission sector. Taylor, Pule and Evans will all report into Kotsonis in the new structure.

Susie Kyrou, formally of ad-tech giant Rokt, has been appointed to the new role of general manager of data and insights at Ticketmaster Australia and New Zealand. Kyrou will be responsible for the rollout of Ticketmaster’s local data and insights division.

Top Photo: Maria O’Connor and Gavin Taylor

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