Rich Schaefer and Rich Holtzman to join Gersh in newly created global touring division
AEG is promoting music industry veteran Gary Gersh to president of global touring and talent for AEG Presents, where he will oversee all aspects of the global concert promoter's worldwide touring operations and talent relations.
Former LoyalT Management co-founder Rich Schaefer, who joined AEG in June, has been promoted to senior vp of AEG Presents' global touring division, while Portugal. The Man manager and former StubHub executive Rich Holtzman will be joining the group as senior vp of artist development and marketing. Schaefer is based in New York, while Holtzman lives in Los Angeles. Rounding out the senior management team for the new global touring division are long-time AEG Presents evp Larry Vallon, svp Debra Rathwell, svp Ali Harnell, svp Bobby Reynolds, vp and general manager Cody Lauzier.
Gersh joined AEG in 2015 after serving as chief executive of The Artist Organization, a management company with clients that included Portugal. the Man, John Legend, Lenny Kravitz, Tears for Fears and Chromeo. A longtime record label executive, he helped launch EMI America and is a founding partner at Geffen Records and later served as president and CEO at Capitol/Blue Note Records. He's worked with bands like Soundgarden, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Beastie Boys and the Foo Fighters and ran two successful management companies; G.A.S. Entertainment, which he created with John Silva in 1999 and later TAO, which he ran until the end of 2014.