Alex Hodges, COO of the Nederlander Organization’s music venue and concert promotion division Nederlander Concerts, has been upped to CEO.

Hodges will replace Adam Friedman, whose departure was announced last week (Variety, Jan. 12).

A concert biz vet, Hodges has managed the company’s talent and marketing departments and operations at Nederlander venues like L.A.’s Greek Theatre and Pantages Theatre.

He began a second tour of duty at Nederlander in 2007; he was previously vp of Nederlander Concerts from 1988-94.

Nederlander Organization prexy James L. Nederlander said in a statement, “Since rejoining our company, Alex has done an outstanding job guiding the team to success, even in a down economy. I am confident that with his focus, vision, vast experience and strong relationships in the industry, the company will continue to thrive.”

Before returning to Nederlander, Hodges served as president/CEO of House of Blues Concerts (after its purchase by Live Nation) and its predecessors Universal Concerts and MCA Concerts.

Georgia-born Hodges previously worked as a manager and agent, founding the Paragon and Empire agencies and repping such acts as the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Charlie Daniels Band, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and Percy Sledge. During the ’80s, he was senior vp at ICM.

He also worked as a personal manager, repping Gregg Allman and (until his death in 1990) Stevie Ray Vaughan.