Here’s some news from the Tickets world… Ron Bension is the new CEO at TicketsNow…
From the official statement:
TicketsNow, a leading online event ticket marketplace and Ticketmaster (NASDAQ:TKTM) company, today announced the appointment of Ron Bension as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. In the newly created position, Bension will work closely with the TicketsNow and Ticketmaster executive teams to develop and produce new offerings for consumers and foster strategic business growth. During his more than 30-year career, Bension has led several major e-commerce, recreation, and entertainment companies to financial and strategic success, bringing a wealth of leadership experience to TicketsNow.
“We are very fortunate to have Ron leading TicketsNow,” said Irving Azoff, Ticketmaster’s CEO. “His wide breadth of operating successes and strong industry relationships will play an instrumental role in driving key growth opportunities and partnerships for TicketsNow, and we’re thrilled to have him on the team.”
“I’m very excited to join the TicketsNow team at such a pivotal time in the company’s history,” said Bension. “TicketsNow provides me with a great opportunity to work with a talented group of people and leverage my experience to lead in new product innovation and further evolve the TicketsNow brand and competitive position.”
Bension most recently held the CEO post for Prolink Solutions in Phoenix, AZ. Previously, Bension held principal roles as CEO of Tickets.com, where he restructured the fledgling online ticketing technology and service, including shepherding the company’s relationships with Major League Baseball and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and sale to MLB in 2005.; President and CEO of GameWorks, LLC, a multi-unit restaurant and entertainment company; Chairman and CEO of MCA/Universal Studios Recreation Group; CEO of Sportnet, a Wasserman Media Group company and the leading online sports network; As CEO of GameWorks, Bension was honored for his achievements with the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2001.