Although the situation appears to be fluid, sources say changes are imminent atop the concert division of Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE), the world's largest promoter and venue operator.

Although the situation appears to be fluid, sources say changes are imminent atop the concert division of Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE), the world's largest promoter and venue operator.

Several sources say that Miles Wilkin, CCE's chairman/CEO of Europe and chairman of theatrical worldwide, has been tapped as chief executive of CCE Music, which includes such operations as touring, venues and sponsorships. Michael Rapino, CCE Music CEO for Europe, is believed to be slated to run CCE's worldwide concert business. Precise new titles for Wilkin and Rapino could not be determined at deadline.

If these changes occur, the futures of current CCE Music co-CEOs Don Law in Boston and Dave Lucas in Indianapolis remain unclear, although it is believed that both will stay with the company in some capacity, reporting to Wilkin and Rapino.

The pecking order, sources say, would be CCE chairman/CEO Brian Becker, followed by Wilkin, Rapino and Law/Lucas, if the latter two choose to stay. Nothing had been completely settled, and several top execs say they have not been notified of any changes.

Law and Lucas, who currently report to Becker, have run CCE's music division since April 2002, when they replaced ousted co-CEOs Irv Zuckerman and Rodney Eckerman.

Lucas insists that business is status quo. "Everything is as it has been," he told Billboard.biz yesterday (July 20).

Wilkin's tenure with Becker dates back to the '80s, when they were both executives at PACE in Houston. PACE, founded by Becker's father, Allen, was acquired in 1998 by SFX, which was acquired by Clear Channel Communications two years later.

As the owner of dozens of amphitheaters, CCE has borne the brunt of a soft concert season that has seen shed concerts take the hardest hit. However, the company's European concert business, currently overseen by Rapino, has not experienced nearly the downturn seen in North America.

Another key piece of the puzzle is CCE touring president Arthur Fogel, who has overseen successful outings this year by Madonna, David Bowie and Sting, and has in the past worked with the Rolling Stones and U2. Most observers expect Fogel to stay in place in his current capacity, producing worldwide tours with minimal supervision.

CCE Europe under Rapino and touring under Fogel have been the most profitable segments of the music division this year.

Becker could not be immediately reached for comment.

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