UTA Names Lyndsay Harding Chief Financial Officer

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Lyndsay Harding

She will be the first woman ever to hold a CFO post at a major talent agency.

United Talent Agency has appointed Lyndsay Harding as chief financial officer, making her the first female ever in a CFO post at a major talent agency. She will report to Andrew Thau, UTA's chief operating officer, and begins the role on March 19. 

Harding previously served as CFO at Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners and brings years of experience working in private equity, finance and mergers and acquisitions within the entertainment industry -- specifically the film sector. While at Amblin, she helped facilitate an expansion of the company's relationship with Universal through Universal's acquisition of a minority stake in the company and helped structure a strategic partnership with Alibaba Pictures. 

"Lyndsay is an important addition to UTA's accomplished senior management team," said Thau, UTA's chief operating officer, in a statement. "A highly regarded and respected executive, Lyndsay brings tremendous experience both within the entertainment business and finance. As we continue to take advantage of the tremendous transformation taking place in an increasingly complex industry, Lyndsay's role will be pivotal to our further diversification and growth."

Over the past several years, UTA has grown to 900 employees with an expanded focus on live speaking, music, and news and broadcast. Its recent acquisitions include speakers' bureau Greater Talent Network last year, independent music agency The Agency Group in 2015 and news and broadcasting agency N.S. Bienstock in 2014. 

In this new role, Harding succeeds Jeff Dalla Betta, who served as UTA's CFO for 20 years.

"Through acquisitions and expansion of its core business, UTA has built a platform that's poised for tremendous growth," she said in a statement. "I'm thrilled to be joining UTA at such an exciting time for the company and to be part of the leadership team that will build on past success to take UTA to the next level. While saying goodbye to my Amblin family won't be easy, Jeremy Zimmer and the entire team at UTA have created a very special place, and I'm honored to have the opportunity to impact its future direction."

Harding began her career as an investment banking analyst in the mergers and acquisitions group at Goldman Sachs and then as an associate at JPMorgan Chase's private equity arm, JPMorgan Partners. 

She later received an MBA from Stanford and went on to become senior vice president at MGM, overseeing corporate development and financial planning for the studio, and then CFO at digital start-up Evergreen Studios. In 2014, she joined DreamWorks Studios as CFO, where she helped with the formation of Amblin Partners, which included a new $500 million credit facility and new distribution partnership with Universal Pictures.  


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