John Lickrish, Flash Entertainment (AE)
John Lickrish is the CEO of Flash Entertainment, the Middle East’s leading entertainment company. In this role, he leads the creation of world-class, unique and extraordinary events for Abu Dhabi and across the region.
Since the inception of Flash Entertainment more than ten years ago, John has been instrumental in transforming the UAE capital into a regional hub for premier unmissable entertainment through the planning and producing of hundreds of live music concerts, major sporting tournaments and cultural and community events, fostering a centre to nurture local talent and contributing to the city’s legacy.
Under his expert direction the company has grown from just two people delivering a sell-out Justin Timberlake concert followed by Bon Jovi in 2008, when Flash Entertainment was officially formed, to a pool of 60+ qualified and experienced staff who cement its position as the leading entertainment and live events company in the region today.
As the CEO of Flash Entertainment, he has been acknowledged for his pioneering talent and awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Middle East Entertainment Industry 2016’ by the Middle East Entertainment Awards panel and is a regular guest speaker and panelist at leading industry events.
Originally from Toronto, John attended the University of Western Ontario. During this time, he began promoting music events and upon graduating established an independent record label management and events company: Blue. As president and CEO of Blue, John led the company to great success, producing fifteen tracks that were distributed globally and recognised by both electronic artists and major DJs, managing nearly 50 artists and delivering over 100 events during his six-year tenure.
Experiencing similar success at the helm of Flash Entertainment, John has steered the company to win over 60+ awards, engaging over 7.5 million fans over more than 3,000 event days.
John has also held supporting roles during this time including MD and tournament director of the FIFA Club World Cup 2010, COO of FIFA Club World Cup 2017 & 2018, ex committee member of the 44th UAE National Day produced by 5currents, MD Mubadala World Tennis Championships and board member of Ticketmaster Middle East.
Flash Entertainment also manages a multimillion-dirham portfolio of venues, including the du Arena, du Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi and the soon to be opened state-of-the-art, multipurpose Yas Bay Arena in 2020.