Billboard's 2011 Women In Music Honorees
Billboard's 2011 Women In Music Honorees

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No. 12
Debra Rathwell

Senior VP, AEG Live
Twitter: @aeglivenyc

In her role as senior VP for AEG Live, the second-largest promoter in the world, Debra Rathwell acts as both a regional and local promoter in New York and New Jersey, and part of AEG's team for national and international tours. Rathwell's achievements in 2011 include the American Idols Live! tour, which returned to AEG Live this year and has done its best business in many years. Major AEG tours in 2011 in which Rathwell played a role include Usher, Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, John Mellencamp and Roger Daltrey performing the Who's Tommy. Rathwell says AEG Live did a significant number of dates with Wiz Khalifa during the summer and a small tour with Demi Lovato in the fall. Working with Sugar Music, AEG Live produced the Andrea Bocelli show in New York's Central Park and, by working with Syco and FremantleMedia, produced the "America's Got Talent" shows in Las Vegas at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. For 2012, "we have secured the Il Divo tour and the Jackie Evancho tour," she says. "Clients that have new records include Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood and Daughtry, and we are looking forward to working with them in 2012."

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