LOS ANGELES, June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Live Nation announced today the appointment of arena management veteran Mike Evans as the company's newly created President of Arenas. Evans will be responsible for managing Live Nation's dealings with Live Nation's North American arena partners. In 2009, Live Nation promoted more than 1,000 North American arena shows, attracting more than 9 million fans and generating net gross ticket sales of approximately $600 million. Evans will report to Live Nation CEO of Concerts, Jason Garner.
Evans comes to Live Nation from his previous position as Executive Vice President of Sports and Entertainment for SMG, where he was responsible for heading SMG's Booking Division for stadiums, arenas and theaters worldwide. With a background as a concert promoter and tour manager, Evans has interacted with a full spectrum of sports league commissioners, concert producers, tour promoters and talent agents.
"Mike Evans has distinguished himself as a leader and specialist for successful arena relationships nationwide," said Jason Garner. "His expertise makes him the right man to oversee Live Nation's North American arena business. We want to thank SMG for working with Live Nation in aiding a smooth transition. We look forward to Live Nation's continued relationship with SMG and the arenas they manage."
"I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Wes Westley and the entire SMG team for the last 10 years, and feel that my experience there created the perfect platform to launch this new phase of my life and work at Live Nation," said Mike Evans. "I'm thrilled to continue my successful relationships with the many hard-working professionals who help create great shows at arenas throughout North America."
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Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE-LYV) is the largest live entertainment company in the world, consisting of five businesses: concert promotion and venue operations, sponsorship, ticketing solutions, e-commerce and artist management. Live Nation seeks to innovate and enhance the live entertainment experience for artists and fans: before, during and after the show. In 2009, Live Nation sold 140 million tickets, promoted 21,000 concerts, partnered with 850 sponsors and averaged 25 million unique monthly users of its e-commerce sites. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.
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