ASM Global has named Ron Bension to the position of president and chief executive officer. Bension will assume his new role immediately after a long tenure at Live Nation as president of House of Blues Entertainment.
“We are thrilled to have Ron join the ASM Global team,” said Kosty Gilis, managing director at Onex and ASM board member. “He is precisely the type of executive we seek to lead our businesses. His extensive history of managing enterprises that create superb experiences for customers and visitors will be an enormous asset to the company. In addition, his demonstrated strategic thinking and execution capabilities are a perfect fit for the next phase of ASM’s growth as we exit the pandemic.”
Prior to working at House of Blues Entertainment, Bension held president and chief executive officer roles across a set of public and private companies including at Tickets.com, GameWorks, MCA Recreation Group and Universal Studios Hollywood.
“I am excited to join ASM Global,” said Bension. “The company has an unparalleled track record of success and leading capabilities. I look forward to working closely with the dedicated ASM Global team to grow the business and to build upon the Company’s deep relationships with its incredible, best-in-class clients around the world.”
ASM Global’s network spans five continents, with more than 325 arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues. It was formed in 2019 through the merger of AEG Facilities, the venue management affiliate of Anschutz Entertainment Group, Inc., and SMG, an Onex portfolio company.
“We admire Ron’s long and successful track record across a number of highly respected companies in the live events and leisure industries and are confident in his ability to build on the progress made under Bob Newman,” said Dan Beckerman, chief executive officer of AEG and ASM board member.