Debra Rathwell
Debra Rathwell

Senior VP, AEG Live

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Debra Rathwell's more than 30 years of dedication to her craft has made her one of the most respected and admired executives in the live music industry. As senior VP of AEG Live, Rathwell heads up the East Coast office for the world's second-largest promoter, where she focuses on both one-off shows and AEG Live tours. With her staff, Rathwell oversees a large territory, stretching from the Carolinas to Canada, averaging about 800 shows each year.

My Mentor: Donald K. Donald, the legendary Canadian concert promoter. "He has been many things to me -- a boss, a teacher and a friend. I learned lessons from Donald that I still apply when buying in today's marketplace. I love that Donald, who is semi-retired, still has the energy of a 15 year old and is up and on stage with a microphone welcoming 'the people of Atlantic Canada who like to rock!'"

This year was packed with highlights for Rathwell, among them: opening the Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn with a new summer season, presenting the Mann Center concert series in Philadelphia and the Global Festival on the Great Lawn in Central Park featuring Neil Young, Foo Fighters, the Black Keys and more. On the touring front, Rathwell's office just wrapped a successful Il Divo tour of the United States and Canada, and sold-out arena tours of Canada with John Mellencamp and American Idols Live! Justin Bieber began his worldwide tour in September on the West Coast, Carrie Underwood is teed up for the East Coast, and in November, the Who embarked on the high-profile Quadrophenia tour. Other fall tours include So You Think You Can Dance, Wiz Khalifa and Jackie Evancho. For next year, Bon Jovi is gearing up for a tour in 2013 with several East Coast dates, and Rathwell's office continues to explore new opportunities while working with existing clients for tours for the year ahead.