Pollstar & VenuesNow Unveil 2023 Impact International: UK/Euro Honorees

Welcome to our third annual Impact International: UK/Euro honors, where we once again look across the pond to recognize some of this industry’s greatest minds, who all achieved remarkable things in the past year and beyond.

While 2023 was another big year in terms of overall business, there are many challenges to overcome, from labor shortages to price increases to logistical obstacles posed by Brexit and the war in Ukraine.

But that’s not all.

From hiring a new generation of professionals who expect different things from the job than those who’ve built this industry, to making companies more diverse and sustainable to finally placing the mental and physical health of those working behind the scenes in the center of all considerations.

Change is the only constant, and if there’s one common theme about this year’s honorees, it’s that they’ve all embraced this reality.

Without further ado, and accompanied by huge congratulations from the entire editorial team at Pollstar and VenuesNow, we give you the 2023 honorees.

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2023 Pollstar Impact International

Irene Agbontaen
Director of Artist Brand Strategy, UTA

Keith Bradley
Tour Director, Rocket Music

Alex Bruford
Founder / Managing Director, ATC Live

Adolfo Galli & Mimmo D’Alessandro
D’Alessandro e Galli

Matthieu Drouot
CEO, Gerard Drouot Productions

Alex Hardee
EVP & Managing Executive, Wasserman

Alex Hill
President & CEO, AEG Europe

Steve Hogan
Partner, WME

Christof Huber, Stefan Wyss, Eric Kramer, Oliver Rosa, Cyrill Stadler
Gadget abc Entertainment Group AG

Gary Hutchinson
Vice President, Booking & Commercial Partnerships, OVG International. Managing Director, Chrysalis Leisure Management

Andre Lieberberg
President & Managing Director, Live Nation GSA

Mike Malak
Senior Vice President, Wasserman

Summer Marshall
Music Touring Agent, CAA

Ian McAndrew
CEO, Wildlife Entertainment Limited

Claire O’Neill
Co- Founder & CEO, A Greener Future

Chris Ortiz
CEO, Riff Music

James Sandom
Managing Partner & UK Principal, Red Light Management

Steve Tilley
Director & Promoter,
KilImanjaro Live

Louise Smit
Board Member, Pieter Smit Trucking and Nightliner

Chris Smith
Director, WOMAD

2023 VenuesNow Impact International

Emma Bownes Vice President of Venue Programming, AEG Europe/ The O2

Mark Donnelly COO, OVG International

Lucy Fenner Commercial Director, Alexandra Palace

Amnon Harman CEO, D&B Group

Guillaume Le Nost Executive Director of Creative Technologies, L-Acoustics

Andy O’Sullivan Venue Director, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Raphaëlle Plasse Director of Programming, Paris La Défense Arena

Mary Shelley-Smith Director, Global Infusion Group

Sarah Slater Vice President, Music and Festivals Ticketmaster UK

Rebecca Walker Live Projects Coordinator, Music Venue Trust

Emma Bownes Vice President of Venue Programming, AEG Europe/ The O2




Thanks to our 2023 Impact International UK/Euro Presenting Partners:

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Thanks to our 2023 Impact International UK/Euro Partners:

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