Eskowitz leaving post at Live Nation

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NASHVILLE -- Bruce Eskowitz, formerly Live Nation CEO of North American Music, will vacate his post effective immediately.

He will take a new job as president and CEO of Premier Exhibitions in Atlanta, according to an internal memo from Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino obtained by Billboard.biz.

Jason Garner, formerly Live Nation's president of North American Music, has been promoted to CEO, North American Music, and will report to Rapino, the memo said.

Eskowitz's tenure with Live Nation dates back to PACE Concerts in the pre-consolidation days of the concert industry before PACE and other promoter/venue operators were rolled up to create what has become Live Nation.

He was president and CEO of global venues, overseeing operations and sponsorships of Live Nation's 40-plus amphitheaters and other venues. He was also instrumental in Live Nation's continued development of new House of Blues clubs and the recent Fillmore venues' branding effort. He also oversaw LN's alliances division, which focused on sponsorships.

Premier Exhibitions owns RMS Titanic, which salvages and exhibits artifacts from the sunken oceanliner, and also tours such successful exhibitions as "Bodies ... The Exhibition" and "Bodies Revealed."

"Bruce has played an integral role at our company since its inception and has been directly involved in many of the successful initiatives we have undertaken these past two years, including the acquisition of House of Blues, the roll-out of The Fillmore venue brand, the revitalization of our venues overall and the growth of our Alliances division," Rapino said in the memo.

"His contributions to Live Nation have been immeasurable and I want to thank him for his leadership, hard work and dedication over the many years he has served at this company and its predecessors."

Garner's new role will include oversight of House of Blues, "a business which we will continue to aggressively grow," says Rapino. "We are currently recruiting for a President of HOB, a position which we very much hope to fill from within the ranks of our company."

Russell Wallach, recently promoted to president of LN's Alliances Division, also reports to Rapino.
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