(March 6, 2019) — Ticketmaster, the global market leader in ticketing, today announced that Karen Klein has joined the company as Executive Vice President and General Counsel, reporting to Ticketmaster President Jared Smith. In this new role, Klein will lead the company’s legal, government affairs, public policy, and human resources teams.
Klein brings two decades of experience to Ticketmaster after a remarkable legal career in law firms, and technology and ecommerce companies. Most recently, Klein was Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel at hotel booking platform, HotelTonight. Prior to HotelTonight, Klein was General Counsel at Kayak, and led the global legal team at Orbitz.
“Karen has unparalleled experience with some of the world’s leading consumer brands,” said Jared Smith, President of Ticketmaster. “Her extensive background in technology, and specifically the travel industry, provides her the unique ability to step in and effectively help manage and educate on the complex issues that face large global ecommerce companies like Ticketmaster. We’re excited for Karen to bring her expertise to the Ticketmaster leadership team.”
Klein is a business-minded executive with General Counsel experience that includes corporate governance, software and SaaS licensing, intellectual property strategy and management, mergers & acquisitions, and international expansion.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to work with innovative companies using technology to both disrupt industries and create new ways for consumers to access experiences,” said Karen Klein, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Ticketmaster. “The team at Ticketmaster has been doing just that in the live event space as the global industry leader in ticketing. I’m looking forward to joining the team and being a part of Ticketmaster’s impressive growth.”
Ticketmaster continues to expand its global leadership position, with a 14% increase in revenue in 2018. Overall in 2018, Ticketmaster managed over 400,000 events, delivered 500 million tickets to fans in 28 countries, and added ten million new tickets through new clients.