Congratulations to this year’s IMPACT: International honorees, a look at a select class of the top European live industry executives who under extraordinary circumstances moved this business forward and, in many cases, reached unprecedented heights of success.

To say this year’s slate of venue operators, architects, designers, agents, promoters and bookers have had their hands full would be a vast understatement. To say these innovators found ways to thrive despite unprecedented challenges would be more accurate, but still doesn’t paint a complete picture. How about ramping up their businesses amidst a malignant stew of rampant inflation, labor shortages, exorbitant energy prices, an abhorrent war, supply chain hold-ups, extreme weather, a surfeit of tours, political instability, a thankfully dwindling pandemic and weary consumers?

Yet, with their leadership and strategic vision, this industry is being built back better with new purpose, greater innovation, more efficiency and a renewed focus on sustainability and inclusivity as never seen before.

Join us, then, in congratulating these impressive honorees for their invaluable contributions to this industry, along with sister publication Pollstar, in 2022.

VenuesNow 2022 IMPACT: International UK / Euro Honorees

Brian Kabatznick, Executive Vice President, Business Development and Facilities | OVG International

Jolanda Jansen, Director | Rotterdam Ahoy

Ludvig Andersson, Baillie Walsh and Svana Gisla
| ABBA Voyage

Andrew Parsons, Managing Director | Ticketmaster UK

Beverley Whitrick, COO | Music Venue Trust

John Rhodes, Director of Sports + Entertainment | HOK

Dirk Lauenstein, CEO | Stageco Germany

Marie Lindqvist,  Senior Vice President, Operations, Europe | ASM Global

Stefan Löcher, CEO | ARENA Management  GmbH (Lanxess Arena)

Jim Griffiths, Director of Acoustics and AV |  Vanguardia


Pollstar 2022 IMPACT: International UK/Euro Honorees

Folkert Koopmans Founder & CEO, FKP Scorpio

Hannah Shogbola Music Agent, UTA Founder, DAJU

Jackie Lombard Promoter & Producer, Inter Concerts

John Giddings Founder, Solo Agency Owner, Isle of Wight Festival

Maria May Senior Music Agent / Head of Electronic – International, CAA

Stuart Camp Director, Grumpy Old Management, Ltd. Artist Manager, Ed Sheeran

Barrie Marshall Founder & Chairman, Marshall Arts

Chen Castaño Managing Director, Planet Events

Cindy Castillo Mad Cool Festival

David Bradley Partner, WME

Jens Michow President, BDKV (Federal German Association for the Promoters & Event Industry)

Josh Javor Agent, X-ray Touring

Matt Schwarz CEO, DreamHaus

Obi Asika Co-Head, UTA UK

Paul Wilson Senior Music Agent, CAA

Phil Bowdery Executive President of Touring International, Live Nation

Signe Lopdrup CEO, Roskilde Festival Group

Simon Jones Senior Vice President of International Touring, AEG Presents

Simon Moran Managing Director, SJM Concerts Ltd.

Stuart Galbraith CEO, Kilimanjaro Live

James Whitting EVP & Managing Executive, Wasserman Music

Our Impact International 2022 Partners: