The Artists Organization, Management Firm to John Legend and Soundgarden, Promotes Two

5:00 AM PST 08/23/2012 by THR Staff

The talent and management company founded by Gary Gersh names Rich Schaefer president and Don Van Cleave COO.

Talent and management firm The Artists Organization has promoted Rich Schaefer to President and Don Van Cleave to Chief Operating Officer. CEO Gary Gersh, who founded the company in 2006, made the announcement on Wednesday.

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Schaefer joined TAO in 2008, overseeing all aspects of touring for the company’s clients which include John Legend, Soundgarden, Chris Cornell, Portugal. The Man, The Joy Formidable, Kids These Days and James Vincent McMorrow.

Van Cleave, a founder of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores, joined TAO in 2009. As COO, he supervises the company's operations and finances, while Schaefer handles day-to-day activities.

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Said Gersh in a statement: “Both men have been incredible assets to our company and shown tremendous dedication to their work. Their combined vision will have a big affect on how the company grows in the future.”

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