AEG Presents Elevates Debra Rathwell to Executive Vice President, Global Touring and Talent
Veteran Executive Takes On Expanded Role Across Artist Development And Global Tour Strategy
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AEG Presents, a global leader in concert promotion and artist development, announced today that Debra Rathwell has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Global Touring and Talent. The appointment was made by Gary Gersh, President of Global Touring and Talent for AEG Presents.
“Debra continues to bring a wealth of knowledge, expertise and deep relationships to our company as a whole, and our department specifically,” commented Gersh. “She has a fantastic vision for the global landscape and an unmatched commitment to her artists. She’s an integral part of our team, and I’m thrilled to announce this much-deserved promotion.”
A native of Canada, Rathwell began her career in the music business while a student at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, eventually leaving school to work full time in concert promotion. She moved to Montreal to work for legendary promoter Donald K Donald as VP of Concerts handling tours for Tina Turner, Genesis, Celine Dion, Bryan Adams, Leonard Cohen among others before joining Metropolitan Entertainment in New York City in 1994 where she ran the concert booking department.
Rathwell came to AEG as Senior Vice President in 2002 to open its New York office, and promotes tours for Elton John, Lorde, Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, and JoJo Siwa, among others. She became SVP of the newly created Global Touring and Talent department in 2018. Rathwell will continue to be based in New York.
Said Rathwell: “I’ve been so privileged to be a part of the ongoing growth and success of AEG’s concert business since I arrived here in 2002. It’s continually inspiring to come to work every day surrounded by such talented artists and co-workers, and I’m looking forward to what’s to come.”
About AEG Presents
Combining the power of the live event with a focus on true artist development, AEG Presents is a world leader in the music and entertainment industries. Operating across three continents, the company has an unparalleled commitment to artistry, creativity, and community. Its tentpole festivals and multi-day music events — which include the iconic Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and the legendary New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival alongside British Summer Time at Hyde Park, Stagecoach, Hangout Festival, Electric Forest, and Firefly — continue to set the bar for the live music experience. AEG Presents promotes global tours for artists such as The Rolling Stones, Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Taylor Swift, Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, BTS, Kenny Chesney, Paul McCartney, and Katy Perry, in addition to — through its network of clubs, theatres, arenas, stadiums and renowned partner brands such as Goldenvoice, Messina Touring Group, Concerts West, The Bowery Presents, PromoWest Productions, Marshall Arts, Madison House Presents, and Zero Mile Presents — creating and developing an unmatched infrastructure for artist development and audience reach. More information can be found at www.aegpresents.com.