Most recently COO of Clear Channel division.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation has appointed veteran entertainment executive Joel Peresman as CEO and president. Peresman replaces Suzan Evans, one of the Hall of Fame founders who will remain on the Foundation's board of directors, and will be based in New York.

Most recently Peresman was COO for Clear Channel Entertainment’s tri-state music operations, and previous to that was executive VP of Madison Square Garden.

"What we're really going to be looking to do is explore things that haven't been done in the past," Peresman tells "We'll be considering a new TV deal, new media platforms, and possibly be looking at re-purposing the past broadcasts, which really have once-in-a-lifetime performances and speeches."

Peresman's agenda also includes pursuing sponsorship opportunities and exploring ways to expand the induction ceremony. "We want to look at how to keep the credibility and the message of the event while still growing it."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was formed in 1983 and the first induction ceremony was held in 1986. All inductees are represented in the "Hall of Fame," a permanent exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, in Cleveland, Ohio. The Museum contains the largest collection of rock and roll artifacts that chronicle the history of popular music.