There are changes afoot in the upper ranks of live-music firm Songkick, which has been run by two co-CEOs since its merger with CrowdSurge in 2015.

One of those co-CEOs, Ian Hogarth, is stepping back to a chairman role, leaving the other – Matt Jones – as CEO.

“We’ve always known the co-CEO structure was temporary and best suited to the the first stage of our merger,” wrote Hogarth in a blog post about the changes, which he said were made for a mixture of professional and personal reasons.

Hogarth said that Songkick’s lawsuit against Live Nation sparked the realisation that “the next phase of execution would benefit from a more orthodox and battle-hardened leadership structure”.

But he also revealed that he is stepping back “to properly grieve after spending the last year head down and focused on making a success of our merger” – Hogarth’s sister died in early 2015, although he had not talked about the loss publicly.

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