AEG Live’s Randy Phillips out abruptly in executive-suite shakeup

Randy Phillips, AEG Live CEO and promotor of Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It’ concert tour is seen testifying during Dr. Conrad Murray’s involuntary manslaughter trial in 2011. AEG Live announced on Nov. 25, 2013, that Phillips is no longer with the company and has been replaced. (Photo by Paul Buck-Pool/Getty Images)

By Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Entertainment giant AEG says it has ended its relationship with AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips, who was sued in connection with Michael Jackson’s death and was a witness in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.

Anschutz Entertainment Group announced Monday that Phillips is out after a decade as CEO of AEG Live as it restructures the subsidiary. No reason was given for the move.

AEG appointed Jay Marciano as AEG Live’s chairman.

Phillips was a defendant in a lawsuit that said AEG negligently hired Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s drug overdose death in 2009. Phillips was later dropped from the lawsuit, which AEG won.

 An email seeking comment was sent to Marvin Putnam, who was Phillips’ lawyer in the lawsuit.

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