D.Live / Venues of Düsseldorf (DE)
Michael is managing director of D.LIVE - a subsidiary of the state capital city of Düsseldorf and Messe Düsseldorf Germany and one of the largest event companies in Europe. It includes a diverse range of venues with individual capacities of up to 100,000 visitors in the largest venue, D.Live Open Air Park, along with Esprit Arena (65,000), ISS Dome (14,000), Mitsubishi Electric Hall (7,500), and Castello (3,300).
Before he joined D.LIVE in October 2017, Michael helped operate the world leader in venue management, SMG - operating over 230 arenas, theatres, stadiums, and convention centres, with more than 46,000 employees across the globe - in the position of senior vice-president. Since 1996, he has played a major role in improving the professional management of public venues in Europe.
Michael was the first managing director of a privately managed and operated arena in Germany. Under his leadership, the König-Pilsener-ARENA in Oberhausen has become one of the most successful facilities in the country. In the first half of 2016, Pollstar ranked it 4th in Germany and 38th among the world´s most prominent international venues. No other arena in Germany has been so economically prosperous over a period of 20 years.
Within SMG, Michael was also responsible for the operation of venues such as Freilichtbühne Loreley (St. Goarshausen, Germany), Stadium Wroclaw (Wroclaw, Poland), Theatro Centro (Oberhausen, Germany), and the Science Center Odysseum (Cologne, Germany).
He has participated in the development of over 180 sporting and event venues. He participated in the planning, construction, pre-opening and/or operating phases of the Singapore Sports Hub; Dubai Palladium; Stadium Wroclaw; International Conference Centre in Katowice; Ora Arena in Istanbul; First Direct Arena in Leeds; and Qatar National Convention Centre, to name a few.