MSG’s Marciano Jumps Pond For AEG

Jay Marciano has resigned as Madison Square Garden Entertainment President/CEO and will become CEO of AEG Europe, Pollstar has confirmed. The move returns Marciano to AEG, which he left in 2005 in order to take the helm at Radio City Entertainment, later rebranded as MSGE.

He will replace David Campbell, who left AEG Europe in February.

Marciano oversaw all operations, including booking and production, at Madison Square Garden arena and theatre, Radio City Music Hall, Beacon Theatre, Chicago Theatre, Boston’s Wang Theatre and The Forum in Los Angeles during his run with the company.

During his tenure with MSGE, Marciano also engineered the acquisition and, recently, the divestiture of a minority share of Front Line Management, launched a festival and increased staffing by bringing in highly regarded industry vets like Liana Farnham, Melissa Ormond and Don Simpson.

In making the move across the pond, Marciano will likely take on all of AEG’s operational duties in Europe including London’s O2, which recently surpassed Madison Square Garden as the world’s top-grossing arena, taking the top spot on Pollstar’s 2010 Top Arenas list with more than 1.7 million tickets sold.

“As Jay will be leaving MSG and moving to London, we wish him all the best and thank him for his years of dedicated service to Madison Square Garden,” a spokeswoman for MSGE said in a statement. “We will immediately begin our search for a new President of MSG Entertainment and remain focused on the success and growth of the division.”