SINGAPORE — AEG has announced that it is planning to relocate its regional headquarters from Shanghai to Singapore and has named three new executives for the office.
Industry veteran Matthew Lazarus-Hall has been appointed senior vice president for AEG Presents, Asia Pacific, Taylor Agisim will serve as vp, business development, and Ryan Sandilands as vp, global partnerships.
Lazarus-Hall, who was most recently the CEO of Chugg Entertainment, previously worked for Australia’s largest ticketing agency, Ticketek and is the founder of CMC Rocks, Australia’s leading country music festival. In this new role, he will oversee all touring, festivals and sports across the Pan-Asian region for AEG, and report to Adam Wilkes, the president and CEO of AEG Asia.
Agisim, who was most recently with Flash Entertainment in Abu Dhabi, rejoins AEG after having worked for the company in Shanghai in 2011-2012. Meanwhile, Sandilands has worked in executive positions at Cirque du Soleil, Octagon, and the Women’s Tennis Association across Europe and Asia.
AEG’s decision to move its regional hub is reportedly a reflection of the fact that its Asia Pacific portfolio has shifted from being mostly China-focused to including more of Southeast Asia, Korea, Japan and Australia in recent years, according to Billboard.
The entertainment giant, which previously developed Shanghai’s Mercedes Benz Arena in partnership with the NBA and Oriental Pearl Group, is currently developing two venues in Bangkok through a joint venture partnership with Thailand’s leading retail developer, The Mall Group. In June AEG also announced plans to build a 20,000-seat arena in Seoul, South Korea.