NEW YORK – JANUARY 17, 2013 - IMG Artists is pleased to announce that David Lai has been named as Managing Director – North America. Mr. Lai is a Grammy® Award winning producer and A&R consultant to Sony Masterworks where he has collaborated with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Audra McDonald, Plácido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, Josh Groban, Lang Lang, and Herbie Hancock among many others. He previously served as Senior Vice President of A&R and Operations for Sony Masterworks. Mr. Lai is currently the President of Park Avenue Artists, where he will continue to develop the careers of young artists across entertainment fields including music, theater, television and film with the strategic alliance of IMGA. Along with Mr. Lai’s other accomplishments, he has served in many capacities on Broadway including as Music Director and Conductor for The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.
He will report directly to IMG Artists’ President and CEO Jerry Inzerillo.
Mr. Inzerillo said, “We are truly excited about welcoming David to our team. He is an industry leader known for his creativity. His talents as a manager, record industry executive and as an artist will be an important contribution to our future”.
Mr. Lai said, “I am very excited about the opportunity to join Jerry Inzerillo and the entire IMGA team. IMGA is a company I have long enjoyed working with and to now be part of this brilliant group of creatively talented people is a great honor. I look forward to working with the wonderful artists on the roster and to helping IMGA further its mission”.
Elizabeth Sobol, who has served as Managing Director of IMG Artists since 2007, is resigning her position to become the President and CEO of the Decca Label Group USA.
Mr. Inzerillo stated, “We are truly pleased for Elizabeth Sobol in this new exciting career development. She has been a valued and key leader at IMG Artists, and we look forward to working with her in her new role on the development of exciting new projects.”
Ms. Sobol joined IMG Artists 30 years ago and has played an integral part in the success of the Company as a global leader in the performing arts management business.
Ms. Sobol said, “I have treasured my years working at IMG Artists and look forward to my new role at Universal and to continuing to collaborate with my colleagues in the years to come”.
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