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Live Nation Appoints President Of Arenas

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Live Nation announced 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 according to the press release. 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 according to the press release.  "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 according to the press release.  "I'm thrilled to continue my successful relationships with the many hard-working professionals who help create great shows at arenas throughout North America."

–by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers