The president and chief operating officer of Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) UK Paul Latham is retiring after more than three decades in the live music business.
Latham began his career at venue owner Apollo Leisure Group (ALG) in 1984, working as assistant manager at the Apollo Theatre (cap. 1,820) in Oxford.
ALG went on to become one of the country’s leading theatre operators and was sold to Robert FX Sillerman’s first incarnation of SFX Entertainment in 1999, with Latham becoming vice-president
SFX was sold to US radio and billboards giant Clear Channel Communications in 2000, and then spun off as promoter Live Nation in 2005.
Latham was named UK president of LNE in 2002 and chief operating officer in 2011.
“It has been my pleasure to know and work with Paul for 28 years,” says LNE UK chairman Denis Desmond. “Paul’s many achievements over the years speak for themselves, not only in the commercial world but also the charities he has tirelessly helped.”
Founder of Solo Agency and Isle of Wight Festival (cap. 47,000) John Giddings adds, “What a great bloke. He was always welcoming, always kind, would always help out. An all-round good guy, who really helped me in my career.”