40 Under 40: Nathan Hubbard


President, Ticketmaster


Ticketmaster president Nathan Hubbard, 38, is helping usher the world’s most powerful ticketing company into the digital age. According to Live Nation, 14% of Ticketmaster sales in North America were purchased on mobile platforms in 2012, double the number from the previous 12 months. And in March, Live Nation for the first time sold more than 1 million tickets worldwide on mobile platforms, a trend the company expects to accelerate. “We wake up every day trying to make the experience of buying a ticket awesome,” says Hubbard, who was tapped to lead the company following the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger in January 2010. “We think there’s a better way, so we’re very focused on the fan experience this year.” Ticketmaster services more than 10,000 industry clients and moves 400 million-plus tickets annually. The company grew operating income by 17% in 2012 and boasts a 100% client renewal rate.