This week, Eventbrite announced the appointment of a new chief financial officer, along with multiple new music hires.
Lanny Baker is joining Eventbrite from Yelp and previously held positions at ZipReality and Monster Worldwide. He will succeed Randy Befumo, who has held a variety of executive roles at the company since 2016 and served as the CFO since 2016 but will move into the role of chief strategy officer.
“I’m excited to join Eventbrite at such a critical point in the company’s journey,” Baker said in a statement. “The team has built a robust platform where the interests of the business are directly aligned to the interests of customers. I’m inspired by the opportunities to build upon the position Eventbrite has already established and look forward to helping further the company’s mission by building a self-serve, business enablement platform for event creators.”
Eventbrite co-founder and CEO Julia Hartz noted in a release that she “can’t think of a better partner than Lanny to help lead the company through our next phase of growth.”
“His experience scaling high-growth public companies and deep knowledge of how technology platforms can transform industries will be instrumental in helping us continue to drive sustainable long-term growth and value for our shareholders,” she said.
In addition to the new CFO hire, Eventbrite announced a handful of new hires in its music division, including Luke Cahill of APA as the account executive, Heather Ellis of Pandora as the product marketing manager, and Tessa Morris of The UC Theatre as the digital marketing director. Additionally, James Reichardt has been named the director of engineering following his time at See Tickets, and Jon Wilson is the new music partnerships director after numerous years at Live Nation NYC and DoNYC.
These are the latest shifts and newly-announced hires within the company; earlier this year, Andrew Dreskin transitioned from the president of Eventbrite Music to an advisory role/consultant for the company. The move came two years after Ticketfly acquired Eventbrite from Pandora and follows the major stock price drops for Eventbrite in recent months.