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IMG Artists Appoints Michael Kaiser as Co-Chairman

Tuesday, April 15, 2014   (0 Comments)
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ISPA member organization IMG Artists welcomes a Co-Chairman Michael M. Kaiser. Starting September 1, 2014, he will serve alongside Barrett Wissman, who will continue in his role as Chairman.

“I am delighted to be working with Barrett, Alexander and the team at IMG Artists in this next chapter of my career. IMG Artists is recognized globally as a leader in the performing arts and cultural arts management, and I am confident that our collective experience and relationships will help ensure the company achieves key business goals,” said Kaiser.

Red the full press release on IMG Artists’ official website or reproduced below. The New York Times article on the news is available here.


Michael KaiserNEW YORK, NY, APRIL 15, 2014 – IMG Artists, the global leader in the performing arts and lifestyle events management, today announced that Michael Kaiser, the outgoing President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will serve as Co-Chairman, effective September 1, 2014. He will serve alongside Barrett Wissman, who will continue in his role as Chairman. Mr. Kaiser, widely-known as one of the most respected and successful cultural executives in the world, will significantly enhance IMG Artists’ alliances with cultural and non-profit institutions around the globe.

In connection with Mr. Kaiser’s appointment, IMG Artists also announced related organizational changes intended to accelerate growth initiatives. Specifically, Alexander Shustorovich, who has been serving as co-Chairman with Mr. Wissman, will assume the role of President and CEO, succeeding Jerry Inzerillo who will continue with IMG Artists as a member of the Board. Lorna Aizlewood, currently Managing Director of EMEA and General Counsel, will assume the position of Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Shustorovich and Mr. Wissman said, “We are both truly excited and honored to welcome Michael Kaiser to IMG Artists. His experience, foresight and global breadth of knowledge in cultural management and education are unsurpassed, and we look forward to working with him to further develop our arts, venue, touring and global consulting businesses.”

Messrs. Shustorovich and Wissman concluded, “We would also like to thank Jerry Inzerillo for the dedication and talent he brought to the Company and wish him the very best for the future. He has been not only a colleague but is a friend and we look forward to working with him in the future as a board member who will help us continue to forge relationships and develop business with the travel and hospitality sectors.”

Mr. Kaiser added, “I am delighted to be working with Barrett, Alexander and the team at IMG Artists in this next chapter of my career. IMG Artists is recognized globally as a leader in the performing arts and cultural arts management, and I am confident that our collective experience and relationships will help ensure the company achieves key business goals.”

As President of The Kennedy Center, which he joined in 2001, Mr. Kaiser has expanded the educational and artistic programming for the nation's center for the performing arts, has overseen a major renovation effort of most of the Center's theaters and has led the country in arts management training. Prior to joining the Kennedy Center, Mr. Kaiser served as Executive Director of the Royal Opera House. Earlier in his career, he was the Executive Director of the American Ballet Theatre and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Foundation.

Mr. Kaiser has a long history of support and advancement of education. He serves as president of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center. Since its inception in 2001, the Institute has provided consulting and advanced training to thousands of arts administrators, organizations, governments and foundations across the United States and in more than 80 countries on six continents. Upon his retirement from the Kennedy Center, Mr. Kaiser will move the DeVos Institute to the University of Maryland. The DeVos Institute will work together with IMG Artists on the development of their respective arts consulting and venue management businesses.

Mr. Kaiser holds a Master’s degree in management from M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Business and, prior to entering the arts management field, founded Kaiser Associates, specialising in corporate sector consulting, with clients including General Motors, IBM and Corning Glass Works. The author of seven books, Mr Kaiser has also written a weekly column for The Huffington Post since 2009


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