As vowed by Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) Music Division President/co-CEO Dave Lucas (Billboard, Nov. 15, 2003), the concert promoter has announced a wave of national executive signings.

As vowed by Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) Music Division President/co-CEO Dave Lucas (Billboard, Nov. 15, 2003), the concert promoter has announced a wave of national executive signings.

CCE has inked new long-term agreements with Arthur Fogel, president, touring; Michael Rapino, CEO, music international; Geof Wills, VP, comedy; Chuck Morris, senior VP, Rocky Mountain region; Brent Fedrizzi, VP, Rocky Mountain region; Don Strasburg, senior talent buyer; Rich Best, VP, Minneapolis; Jason Wright, VP, Wisconsin; and Perry Lavoisne, VP, Michigan.

In November, the company locked in Lee Smith as executive VP and director for the West region; Rick Mueller as VP, San Francisco; Jodi Goodman as VP, San Francisco; David Marsden as senior VP for Boston; Don Law as chairman/co-CEO, Music; and Lucas.

Additionally, Detroit-based Rick Franks has also recently signed a long-term contract and been appointed president of national block booking/director and executive VP of the Midwest region. Franks will oversee all block bookings and regional buy bookings for CCE's U.S. music division.

Lucas says more executive signings will be forthcoming. The recent wave follows some high-profile departures from the company in the past year, including Louis Messina, now with TMG/AEG Live, and Gregg Perloff, now heading his own promotion company Another Planet.

But Lucas said in an earlier interview that any perception of a mass exodus of executives from CCE was inaccurate.

"I think what is going on here is an effort on some people's part to suggest we're having problems," Lucas told Billboard. "The fact is, if there were problems, why would all these people be signing new contracts with us?"

CCE is the top promoter in the world, reporting more than $1 billion in grosses for 2003. AEG Live was second at $341.8 million.

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