Global Rock Summit speakers

Allison Hagendorf

(Former Head of Rock, Spotify & Host/Executive Producer, Spotify Original Series)

Bex Majors

Booking Agent, Sound Talent Group

Charley Londoño

Counsel Plus, Co.

Chris Foitle

Head of A&R, Epitaph Records

David "Beno" Benveniste

Founder & CEO, Velvet Hammer Music & Management Group (Alice In Chains, Deftones, Korn, System Of A Down & More)

Frank Helmink

Director, Buma ROCKS! (The Netherlands)

Garrett Capone

VP of Promotion & GM Rock Music, Crush Music

Gary Spivack

Executive Sr. VP / Talent & Curation, Danny Wimmer Presents

Georgette Bivins

Sr. Business Affairs Manager, FCB NY

Greg Sowders

Sr. Vice President A&R, Warner Chappell Music

Jan Šorm

Chairman of APRKA (Czech Republic)

Jason Miller

CEO, Eventim Live Asia

Jens Lundberg

Founder, Blue Lemon Management (Sweden)

Jobst Neerman

Managing Director, RBK Fusion (Germany)

Joel Mark

Executive Manager, YMU

Keith Cunningham

Program Director, 95/5 KLOS Meruelo Media, Los Angeles

Ken Anthony

Rock Editor,

Kenny "Tick" Salcido

Sr. VP/Head of A&R, Red Bull Records

Laura Catana

Head of Artist Relations, IndieFlow

Lisa Worden

Vice President Rock & Alternative, Program Director ALT 98.7 - LA's New Alternative, iHeartMedia National Programming Group

Mark Sutherland

Music & Media Journalist (U.K.)

Martijn Swier

Founder, Endless Music (The Netherlands)

Matt Pinfield

Host "New & Approved" KLOS, Los Angeles / Westwood One & Benztown Radio Networks Syndicated Host

Matthew Reich

Co-Founder, Artist For Artist

Michael Faley

President, Metal Blade Records

Riku Pääkkönen

Owner & Founder, Ranka Kustannus

Ritch Esra

Publisher, The Music Registry

Rob McDermott

President & Founder, Mad Mac Entertainment

Salman U. Syed

Founder, Infinite Dreams / Bangalore Open Air Festival (India)

Sat Bisla

President & Founder, A&R Worldwide / Global Rock Summit

Sean Heydorn

Vice President, Rise Records

Shannon O'Shea

Artist & Producer Manager, Creative Consultant, SOS Management

Tej Brar

Founder & Managing Director of Third Culture Ent't (India)

Thomas Scherer

President, Repertoire & Marketing, Los Angeles & New York, BMG

Toby Wright

Award Winning Producer (Alice In Chains, KISS, Korn, Ozzy Osbourne, Primus & More)

Tommy Nast

Sr. Programming Director/Music Strategies, Trafalgar Releasing

Rob McDermott

Rob McDermott

President & Founder, Mad Mac Entertainment

Having built a reputation for planning and executing multi-million dollar projects, brands, festival tours, and fan communities, Rob McDermott is best known for his decade as the Worldwide Manager of Linkin Park. During his tenure Rob, guided the band to selling over 50 million albums, garnering dozens of awards, and selling out Arenas and Stadiums worldwide

Rob and his partner Ian Jenkinson manage Perry Farrell, legendary Frontman of the Alternative Rock bands Jane's Addiction and Porno For Pyros. Perry is also the Artist Founder and partner of the Lollapalooza Festival, currently with festivals in seven countries. The team also manages Ashes and Diamonds the project of legendary alternative musicians guitarist/vocalist Daniel Ash (Bauhaus), Drummer Bruce Smith (PiL) and Bassist Paul Denman (Sade) as well as DJ/Remixologist HYPER

Rob is also a Worldwide Business Development consultant in the Music and technology space having helped See Tickets UK/ Vivendi begin their first year of U.S. operations, mentor for China based MOX and Chinaccelerator, and advisory roles at Sparkart, the Innovative Digital Agency based in Oakland and Nashville. Currently Rob is also International Manager and MD for Indonesian based Artist Development Company 12wired Whose artists are the breakout Female Muslim metal act Voice of Baceprot (VOB) and Buzzing R&B development artist BRIE

In a decades spanning career from Partner in Andy Gould Management, to the infamous LA Talent Management company, THE FIRM, to President of Collective Music Group, Rob has worked alongside the biggest managers and artists ranging from superstars Backstreet Boys, Dixie Chicks, Enrique Iglesias Limp Bizkit, and Michele Branch; Hard Rock acts Pantera, White Zombie/Rob Zombie, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, and Slash and so many more.