JP Bommel has been named NATPE’s CEO & President after serving as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer since September, 2015. Prior to working at NATPE, Bommel was President and Founder of BCi, a global event marketing company with clients such as High Beam, SXSW’s official event organizer, Willie Nelson’s company Austin City Limits Live and Cannes Lions.
Bommel, a U.S. citizen originally from France, has held several executive positions and has extensive experience at global media and entertainment firms such as Sony Music, BMG Entertainment, Capitol/EMI, Qwest Communications and Reed Exhibitions. Prior to running BCi, Bommel was Vice President, Business Development, Entertainment Division at Reed Midem, helping launch their digital specialty markets.
During his music industry career, Bommel developed global marketing plans for iconic talent such as Tina Turner and the late Etta James and also nurtured rising talent. He was responsible for opening the music divisions in emerging markets in Asia and Latin America for Sony, BMG and Capitol/EMI. In a visionary role, he also directed Qwest Communications to leverage the power of the then-rising internet and launched Qwest “anywhere anytime” digital media and entertainment practice, signing up major record companies, TV networks and media organizations including NBC, CBS, EMI and Sony, as well as sports teams like the New York Giants.
A trusted advisor to the media and entertainment industry, Bommel presides over several media and entertainment groups. He is currently an associate member of NARAS (Grammys), sits on the advisory board of the International Radio Festival Zurich and is a Board Member of the T.J. Martell Foundation.
Valerie Creighton is an industry leader in arts, culture and media, recognized for reenergizing some of the country’s most important organizations in the sector over the last 30 years. An expert in organizational change, Valerie has been recognized as a visionary in promoting Canada’s cultural wealth.
Currently serving as President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund, Valerie positions Canadian programming at the forefront in world markets advocating successful, innovative Canadian content and software applications for current and emerging digital platforms. Valerie has taken part in foreign trade missions, and been recognized with numerous awards nationally and from her home province of Saskatchewan, where she owns and operates the Red Horse Ranch.
Most recently she was invested into the 2016 Saskatchewan Order of Merit, was named one of 2016’s 20 most powerful women in global television by The Hollywood Reporter, and was awarded as the Honorary Maverick for the 2017 Female Eye Film Festival.