AEG Presents has expanded its touring operations with a newly-created division, Global Touring and Talent, under the direction of veteran industry executive Gary Gersh, a former manager and label executive.
The new division will oversee all aspects of AEG Presents’ worldwide touring operations and talent relations.
Rich Schaefer and Rich Holtzman also joined as senior vice-president, Global Touring and senior vice-president (VP) of Artist Development and Marketing, respectively.
Rounding out the new team are long-time AEG Presents staffers Larry Vallon, as executive VP and Debra Rathwell, Ali Harnell and Bobby Reynolds all senior VPs, and Cody Lauzier as VP and general manager.
“Global touring has always been at the core of AEG Presents, and with the increase in the number of artistes who have developed global fanbases, it was clear we needed to further develop this critical division,” says chairman/CEO Jay Marciano.
“Gary’s extensive background as an accomplished label president, artiste manager and touring executive made him the obvious choice to spearhead the expansion of our touring division.”
Gersh, whose management clients have included Lenny Kravitz, Tears for Fears and John Legend, adds, “Throughout my career, my passion has always been in artiste development, as well as building teams necessary to execute on their unique vision,”
Schaefer, based in New York, most recently was co-founder/partner of LoyalT Management, and Holtzman, who has worked in artiste development at various record labels, was most recently an executive at StubHub.
AEG Presents sister companies and subsidiaries Marshall Arts, Concerts West Goldenvoice, Bowery Presents, Messina Touring Group and Madison House Presents will continue to operate individually.