WME-IMG CFO Chris Liddell Exits for Trump Post

Chris Liddell (left), Jason Lublin

After serving on the president-elect’s transition team, Liddell has been appointed director of strategic initiatives in the new administration.

WME-IMG global chief financial officer Chris Liddell has been appointed to Donald Trump’s team, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Liddell, who joined the agency in 2014 shortly after the IMG acquisition, will serve as assistant to the president and director of strategic initiatives in the president-elect’s administration. The New Zealand native was part of Trump’s transition team, and he previously was vice chairman and CFO of General Motors and senior vp and CFO of Microsoft.

WME-IMG global chief operating officer Jason Lublin, who joined a pre-merger Endeavor Agency in 2007 as CFO, will replace Liddell in a permanent capacity.

A note that was circulated internally at the agency praised Liddell for his contributions: “Chris joined WME-IMG at an important moment for our company and built a strong financial foundation that positions us to succeed in the years to come. We are grateful for his leadership and wish him well in this next chapter.”

Of Lublin, the note added: “The past nine years have been unlike any other for this company, and Jason’s operational expertise and multidisciplinary approach helped us take leadership positions in new industries and geographies. In the midst of an incredible growth trajectory, Jason will now lead teams charged with further strengthening our position as a company unlike any other.”

Trump’s relationship with WME-IMG reaches back to his days hosting The Apprentice, when co-CEO Ari Emanuel was his agent. It is said that the two remain in frequent contact, with Emanuel visiting the president-elect shortly after the election in November. “Obviously, Ari’s pretty public about his [liberal] politics,” Emanuel client and longtime friend Peter Berg said in a THR interview earlier this month. “But he’s going to accept the fact that [Trump] won, and he’s going to do everything he can to have a relationship with the guy and see if he can’t influence him a bit.”