INNOVATION
DANIEL LAMARRE
President and CEO of the Cirque du Soleil

Daniel Lamarre’s talent for international business development spans a long career in creative industries, culminating with his current position as President and CEO of the Cirque du Soleil where he is responsible for nurturing the delicate balance between the company’s global strategy (across five continents), its financial growth and stability, and the integrity of its culture and values.

Now in its fourth decade, Cirque du Soleil has expanded in a wide range of creative endeavors ranging from movies to apparel and from boutiques to nightclubs. But the essence of what the company does has stayed constant: invoking the imagination, provoking the senses and evoking the emotions of people around the world.

As leader of the organisation, Daniel’s greatest achievements include the execution of complex negotiations resulting in signed agreements with The Beatles and Michael Jackson’s estate. Cirque du Soleil’s production of ‘LOVE’ based on The Beatles’ music is the only live show ever agreed to by the iconic group. The celebration of Michael Jackson’s life and work ‘ONE’ was produced after competing with other entertainment giants who had established relationships with Michael Jackson’s estate. Both accomplishments required outstanding business skills to be brought to the fore.

Leading Innovation

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  How to search for, attract and develop the best creative talent on the planet

  What it takes to marry the needs of disparate groups and interests, and find positive outcomes for all

  Strategies for growing and succeeding globally while staying faithful to your core values

  Why the best leaders are storytellers:  How it pays to make it personal