Rob Hallett has exited his post as President of International Touring for AEG Live with about a year left on his contract, he tells Billboard.biz. Hallett had been with the live entertainment division of global sports, venue and live entertainment giant Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) for 10 years, overseeing the international touring efforts of some of the highest grossing and most successful tours of the past decade.
Hallett’s exit follows the 2013 departure of former AEG CEO Tim Lieweke and, nine months later, AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips. With Lieweke's and Phillips' exit, AEG, “wasn’t the same,” Hallett says. “The business has changed so much in the last 10 years since I founded AEG in the U.K. There are so many more opportunities out there, and I want to take advantage of them. AEG is a great company, but they want to stay promoters and real estate, and I want to grow. I’ve got my own ambitions, and I’m talking to several people.”
Hallett says he’s focused on joining or setting up a multi-rights firm, particularly one with interests in the management realm. “The period where Randy and I co-managed Usher was both enjoyable and successful, so I want to do more of that,” he says. “I intend to stay at the sharp end, and I’ve got several interesting conversations going on at the moment. AEG is great, I just wanted to move on and have a wider business.”