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IMG Artists Appoints Michael Kaiser As Co-Chairman

-- Current President of John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to Join the Global Leader in Performing Arts Management --

NEW YORK, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.

Michael Kaiser will serve as Co-Chairman of IMG Artists, effective September 1, 2014. Photo Credit: Ilan Mizrahi.

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.

IMG Artists is the global leader of performing arts and lifestyle events management.  For thirty years, the company has set the standard for excellence across the artist management, touring, events, festivals and cultural consulting fields.  IMGA's 150 dedicated specialists in twelve offices across three continents offer unparalleled international reach and depth of experience to the company's artists, clients and partners.  With the launch of the Sino-American Global Entertainment (S.A.G.E.) joint venture with China Arts and Entertainment group, as well as new venue management and technology initiatives designed to support and enhance the core business, IMGA remains the vanguard of the industry. w @IMGArtistsNY  w @IMGArtistsUK


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Michael M. Kaiser has been President of the Kennedy Center since January 2001. He 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.

Signature artistic programs during his tenure have included an unprecedented celebration of the works of Stephen Sondheim; major festivals of the arts of China, Japan, India and the 22 countries in the Arab World; long-term relationships with the Bolshoi Ballet, the Mariinsky Ballet and Opera, New York City Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; festivals of gospel, country, a cappella music and street arts; a celebration of August Wilson's ten plays presented in sequential order; as well as a major revival productions of Ragtime and Follies both which  transferred to Broadway and received a total of 14 Tony nominations. Mr. Kaiser also works closely with the National Symphony Orchestra's Music Director Christoph Eschenbach and its Board of Directors on the Orchestra's performances and outreach programs as well as with the Washington National Opera's leadership on the Opera's performance and educational programs.

In 2001, Mr. Kaiser created the Kennedy Center Arts Management Institute, renamed the DeVos Institute of Arts Management in May 2010 following a $22.5 million commitment from Dick and Betsy DeVos, to provide advanced training for arts administrators at varying stages of development and has created a series of programs to help train others in the field.   Since its inception, the DeVos Institute has advised thousands of individuals, organizations, governments, and foundations throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries on six continents. The Institute's programs include capacity building programs which have served more than 600 organizations in cities across the United States, regional and national initiatives which focus on board development, nine-month and summer fellowships for both American and foreign arts leaders as well as internships and other personalized training tailored to a variety of arts organizations around the world. He has created, a website that provides resources to arts managers around the world.

In February 2009, he created Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative, a program which provided free arts management consulting to non-profit performing arts organizations around the United States. Mr. Kaiser embarked on a national tour for the Arts in Crisis initiative, leading arts management symposia in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia through July 2010.

In October 2009, Mr. Kaiser launched Any Given Child, an initiative that works with school systems, local governments, and arts organizations to create localized, long-range arts education plans for students grades K-8 with the goal of ensuring that all young people in the community have access to a complete, affordable arts education.

Mr. Kaiser previously served as the Executive Director of the Royal Opera House, the largest performing arts organization in the United Kingdom. During his tenure with the Royal Opera House, that organization erased its historic accumulated deficit, completed a £214 million redevelopment of the facility, created an endowment fund, and greatly increased its level of support from the private and public sectors.

Prior to joining the Royal Opera House, Mr. Kaiser was Executive Director of American Ballet Theatre. During his three-year tenure at ABT, Mr. Kaiser erased the entire historic accumulated deficit, created a second company, greatly expanded national and international touring activity, substantially increased both contributed and earned income, and built an acclaimed series of education programs.

Mr. Kaiser has also served as Executive Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Foundation, the world's largest modern dance organization. During his tenure, the Ailey Company erased its accumulated deficit, expanded its school, and increased all forms of revenue. He has also served as General Manager of the Kansas City Ballet, where he also erased the company's deficit.

As an arts management consultant, Mr. Kaiser has advised such institutions as The Jewish Museum, the Market Theatre (Johannesburg), Detroit Symphony, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, and many others. He also represented the United States on a commission that established the Arts Council of the Republic of South Africa.

Before entering the arts management field, Mr. Kaiser was a management consultant in the corporate sector. In 1985, he sold the consulting firm he founded, Kaiser Associates, which specializes in helping large corporations formulate strategic plans. Among his clients were General Motors, IBM, Corning Glass Works and 50 other major corporations. Kaiser Associates remains a major participant in the strategy-consulting field.

Mr. Kaiser has served as a research economist for Nobel Prize-winning economist, Wassily Leontief, and is the author of seven books: The Cycle (2013); Conversation Starters: Arts Management Topics for Today (2011); Leading Roles: 50 Questions Every Arts Board Should Ask (2010); The Art of the Turnaround (2008); Strategic Planning in the Arts: A Practical Guide (1995); Developing Industry Strategies: A Practical Guide of Industry Analysis (1983); and Understanding the Competition: A Practical Guide of Competitive Analysis (1981).  He writes a weekly column for The Huffington Post.

Mr. Kaiser received his Master's degree in management from M.I.T.'s Sloan School of Management and his Bachelor's degree in economics magna cum laude, from Brandeis University. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Arts Administration at New York University, and a Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

He received the Dance Magazine Award in 2001, Capezio Award in 2002, Helen Hayes Washington Post Award for Innovative Leadership in the Theater Community in 2003, the St. Petersburg 300 Medal in 2004, Washingtonian of the Year in 2004, a U.S. Department of State Citation in 2005, the Blacks in Dance Award in 2005, and was the first American to receive China's "Award for Cultural Exchange" in 2005.  He was awarded The Order of the Mexican Eagle in 2006 and was named Impresario of the Year in 2006 by Musical America. In 2009, Mr. Kaiser received the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America and the Kahlil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Award from the Arab American Institute Foundation.  In March 2011, Georgetown University conferred him with the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

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