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Sound & Stage Power List 2016

by Lucy Torchia on Oct 9, 2016


Thomas Ovesen, CEO, 117 Live
Thomas Ovesen, CEO, 117 Live
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Thomas Ovesen, CEO, 117 Live

Back in December 2015, Thomas Ovesen was announced as CEO of 117 Live, part of the Al Ahli Holding Group (AAHG). The appointment of Ovesen to run the newly-formed company marked the next stage of the group’s growing media and entertainment arm.

Based in Dubai, Ovesen is responsible for directing all global activity for the division with a focus on live events, from music through to comedy. He also will be heading up plans to expand 117 Live’s interests into talent management, venue management and programming.

With creating spaces to host events a key part of the 117 Live strategy, a temporary 20,000 capacity greenfield site has already been launched in Dubai, known as the Autism Rocks arena, before 2017 will see the launch of a 25,000 capacity open air Amphitheatre in Dubai, wholly owned by AAHG.

At the time of his appointment to the position, Ovesen commented: “With all of the exciting developments and acquisitions AAHG have made recently this is a fantastic time to be joining them. I will be working on a joined up global strategy, ensuring that we use all of our various assets to the very best effect. 117 Live will be a driving force in entertainment and we’ll look beyond the Middle East and into the Far East, Asia and US.”

He continued: “With the imminent arrival of the new amphitheatre this is a pivotal moment for our company and I’m proud that 117 Live will be leading the charge.”


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