Clear Channel ups exex

Roncace, Simon named exec VPs in CCE arm

NEW YORK — Live-event giant Clear Channel Entertainment has promoted two execs to top-level positions at its flagship music division.

CCE, itself a unit of radio-industry behemoth Clear Channel Communications, upped Dominic Roncace to executive vice president of music operations. Steve Simon moves up to exec veepee within the music unit.

Roncace will handle all the day-to-day operations at the 135 live-entertainment venues owned or controlled by Clear Channel worldwide. Simon will focus on strategic initiatives within the music division as well as artist relations.

Both execs have a pedigree in the live-music business. Roncace has managed amphitheaters throughout the East Coast for 15 years, including Camden, N.J.’s Tweeter Center (formerly the E-Center) and the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J.

Simon came on board at Clear Channel when his former employer, New England-area concert promoter the Don Law Company, was acquired two years ago by SFX (CCE’s predecessor). Prior to joining Don Law, he represented arena-rock act Boston.

Clear Channel Entertainment has gone through upheaval in its executive suite over the past few weeks. Sources close to the company have said that music division chiefs Rodney Eckerman and Irv Zuckerman ankled their posts last month amid concerns over the unit’s performance. The pair was replaced by Simon’s old boss, Don Law, and CCE central region chief Dave Lucas.