Live Nation UK President/COO Paul Latham Announces Retirement

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The much-admired exec has spent more than three decades in the music industry.

Paul Latham, the long-serving president and COO of Live Nation U.K., has announced his retirement after more than three decades in the live music industry.

The much-admired exec began his career as assistant manager of the Apollo Theatre Oxford in 1984, which was part of the Apollo Leisure Group.

At the time, Apollo operated six venues. By the time of its acquisition by SFX Entertainment in 1999, the company had grown its portfolio to more than 80 event spaces, spanning concert halls, arenas, theaters, cinemas and leisure centers across the U.K. 

In the years that followed SFX's sale to Clear Channel and the subsequent launch of Live Nation, Latham held a number of senior roles in venue operations, promotions and ticketing before being appointed the inaugural president of Live Nation's U.K. business. 

In 2009, he was made chief operating officer of international operations and appointed chief operating officer for the U.K. and Ireland two years later. Notable events Latham has managed or personally overseen during the course of his 30-plus year career include three Eurovision Song Concerts, the MTV Music Awards, three Royal Variety Performances and artist and royal security at Live Aid. 

Since 2010, Latham has been chairman of charity organization Creative and Cultural Skills. He also sits as chair of London-based association UK Live Music Group, representing the interests of Britain's live music industry.

His retirement was announced by Live Nation in advert published in U.K. trade publication Music Week thanking him for "an incredible 34 years."

"It has been my pleasure to know and work with my good friend Paul Latham for 28 years," Live Nation UK and Ireland chairman Denis Desmond told the publication. "Paul's many achievements over the years speak for themselves, not only in the commercial world but also the charities he has tirelessly helped," he went on to say. 

News of Latham's retirement comes in the same week that Live Nation is reported to have acquired a significant stake in leading Irish concert promoter MCD Productions, co-founded and, until very recently, owned by Desmond alongside his wife Caroline Downey

Live Nation is yet to officially confirm the deal, which is said to involve LN-Gaiety (LNG) -- a 50/50 joint venture between Live Nation and Desmond and Downey's Gaiety Investments -- take control of the company, effectively leaving Desmond and Downey with a 50 percent stake. 

Upcoming shows listed on the MCD website include Lauryn Hill at Dublin's 3Arena and three intimate shows by homegrown star Hozier (who is managed by Downey) at the Dublin Academy. The company has previously promoted concerts by Madonna, Coldplay, Eminem, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and U2, among others.