Global leader in live entertainment, Live Nation, today announced two key appointments to boost its expansion in Australasia and Asia-Pacific, with Guy Ngata appointed Senior Vice President – Site Development in Australia and New Zealand and Richard Tsuchida as site manager in Japan.

Each will lead the company’s site development efforts in key markets, continuing to grow Live Nation’s global portfolio of 200 sites.

In their roles, Ngata (photo above) will report to Roger Field, President of Live Nation Asia-Pacific, with Tsuchida in charge of Kei Ikuta, Managing Director of Live Nation Japan, while working closely with Greg Gillin, Senior Vice President of Site Development for Asia, to expand the company’s portfolio of sites, through the creation of clubs, theaters and arenas in the APAC region.

Live Nation’s changes also saw Mark Graham, currently Vice President of Site Development, promoted to a new role, Senior Vice President of APAC Site Mobilization and Operations, responsible for Operational Deployment, Advancement and sustainability of sites in the market.

With a wealth of experience in global venues, Ngata was most recently Managing Director of Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai for ASM Global, with previous positions in Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena and terms in Sydney at All- Phones Arena (currently Qudos Bank Arena) as well as Spark Arena and Eden Park in his hometown of Auckland.

Tsuchida’s impressive track record and experience is primarily in commercial real estate which spans across Japan. He most recently held real estate business development positions for the global brands Gucci, H&M and CBRE. Fully bilingual in English and Japanese, Tsuchida also speaks Mandarin, having spent a year in Beijing, and is a key hire exemplifying Live Nation’s commitment to developing local talent across the region.

Commenting on the nominations, Field said “a huge welcome to Guy and Richard to the Live Nation family. With several existing projects in the works, their combined experience and knowledge will significantly enhance our existing site team to propel and drive our site development strategy to the next level, with the most compelling proposition for construction, operation and management. sites throughout the Asia-Pacific region. . “

Ngata is responsible for building Live Nation’s portfolio of sites in Australia and New Zealand and will lead the company’s tenders and bids for upcoming arena projects in Australia. Using its local and cutting-edge expertise, the team will develop the next generation of state-of-the-art sites.

Priorities include the Brisbane Arena tender ahead of the Brisbane 2032 Olympics, which will see Live Nation partner with Oak View Group (OVG), the global venue development, advisory and investment company for the sports and live entertainment industries; and Plenary Group, Australia’s leading independent long-term investor, developer and manager of public infrastructure.

Looking forward to his new role, Ngata advised, “Live Nation is a world-class venues operator with a proven track record of building top-tier venues that artists and fans love, and I’m thrilled to join. at a time of immense opportunity and growth.

“I look forward to working with the team to continue Live Nation’s mission of providing a new standard for venues with world-class hospitality and cutting-edge technology, as well as the best pipeline of live entertainment content for. the fans. “

Live Nation’s site design principles focus on the following pillars: connecting fans and artists, environmentally friendly, enhanced artistic experience, enhanced fan experience, community engagement, enabled technology, and maximizing content opportunities.

Live Nation’s current portfolio of venues in the APAC region includes the 12,000-capacity Spark Arena in Auckland, the 2,800-seat Palais Theater in Melbourne, the 3,000-capacity Fortitude Music Hall in Brisbane and the Grange Road which will soon be opened in Singapore.

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