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General counsel Rob Lia named as Wheelhouse Group president

Wheelhouse Group CEO Brent Montgomery has named long-time general counsel, business advisor and colleague Rob Lia president. Based out of the company’s New York and Connecticut offices, Lia (pictured) will oversee and manage Wheelhouse’s business ...
August 20, 2019

Wheelhouse Group CEO Brent Montgomery has named long-time general counsel, business advisor and colleague Rob Lia president.

Based out of the company’s New York and Connecticut offices, Lia (pictured) will oversee and manage Wheelhouse’s business operations. He will also lead planning and investing across all subsidiaries of the group, including entertainment and content, marketing and brand initiatives, Wheelhouse’s events division, and all investment and real estate endeavors.

He previously served as partner in the corporate department at law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, specializing in executive compensation and taxation in private and public M&A transactions, before exiting that position in 2015 to run Montgomery’s family office and expanding business concerns, including the launch of Wheelhouse.

“The most satisfying part of any entrepreneurial venture I’ve ever been a part of is curating the team I get to work with every day, the people you want in the foxhole with you,” Montgomery said in a statement. “Rob possesses expertise across so many disciplines critical to our business, and he has the ability to navigate important short-term needs, and the vision to take the long view, anticipating and planning for the future. Working in lockstep with Chief Strategy Officer Ed Simpson and me, Rob is instrumental in constructing and executing our partnerships and M&A activity which will hit overdrive this fall.”

Lia’s 20-year legal career began at the New York-based law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson, and then at Latham & Watkins. He also worked as a CPA for KPMG and Ernst & Young.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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