Frieze shake-up: former media boss chosen as company’s first CEO

The Frieze company includes publications, four international art fairs, Frieze Studios and Frieze Music Photo: Linda Nylind. Courtesy of Linda Nylind/Frieze

The Frieze empire has announced major managerial changes with the appointment of its first chief executive officer. Simon Fox takes up the role on 2 April; he was formerly chief executive of Reach, the UK media company which owns titles including the Daily Mirror and the Daily Express.

Fox, who is based in London, will oversee Friezes publications—Frieze, Frieze Masters Magazine and Frieze Week—and its four international art fairs: Frieze London, Frieze Masters, Frieze New York and Frieze Los Angeles. Its business model also encompasses Frieze Studios, the media production arm of the company, and the off-site performance programme Frieze Music.

The move is part of a shake-up by Hollywoods Endeavor entertainment group (formerly WME-IMG) which bought a reported 70% stake in the UK-based publisher and fair organiser in 2016. Early last year, Endeavor returned a $400m investment by Saudi Arabias sovereign wealth fund following the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Simon Fox, Frieze's new CEO Courtesy of Frieze

Asked if Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp, who founded Frieze magazine in 1991, will remain on board, a spokeswoman says: “Matthew and Amandas involvement will take on a different shape. While they will leave the executive management to the CEO, they will continue to be heavily involved in the relatioRead More – Source