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Bob Roback is stepping down as CEO of Ingrooves Music Group after 7 years

Bob Roback is leaving his position as CEO of Ingrooves Music Group seven years after joining the distribution and services company, MBW can reveal.

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In that time, Roback Ingrooves has led to significant sales growth as well as global expansion into territories such as Australia, Brazil, Japan, India, South Africa and Spain.

A pivotal moment in Roback’s tenure as CEO of Ingrooves was the 2019 sale of the Los Angeles-headquartered company to Universal Music Group. (UMG was previously a minority shareholder of Ingrooves.)

In a memo sent to his staff this week and obtained by MBW, Roback said: “[There] It’s not easy to say that the time has come for me to pass on the Ingrooves CEO torch and embrace new challenges. The same entrepreneurial spirit that brought me to Ingrooves is now pulling me down a new path.”

Roback added, “I have no doubt that Ingrooves will continue to thrive and innovate beyond expectations. I am proud of our team and grateful for all the contributions you all have made.”

“[There] It’s not easy to say that the time has come for me to pass on the Ingrooves CEO torch and embrace new challenges. The same entrepreneurial spirit that brought me to Ingrooves is now pulling me down a new path.”

Bob Roback

Roback confirmed that Ingrooves’ CFO, Jeff Cuatto, will lead an interim leadership team in the coming months following his transition from the CEO position.

Roback noted in his memo, “UMG is conducting an executive search for my successor and remains committed to Ingrooves, our mission and our global team.”

Roback thanked Universal Music Group Chairman/CEO Sir Lucian Grainge and UMG EVP/CFO Boyd Muir for their “great support of our global mission to partner with the world’s finest independent labels and artists and to pursue unprecedented innovation in leveraging data and AI to drive new marketing methods.”

Under Roback’s leadership, Ingrooves – which works with independent labels and artists – has made significant investments in proprietary technology.

Two years ago, the company received a US patent for AI-driven marketing technology.

This year, it received another marketing technology patent that it developed itself. Ingrooves claims this technology is “improving [our] Ability to discover and deliver high quality streaming audiences”.

Roback said in his memo to employees this week, “When I joined Ingrooves as their CEO in 2015, I was excited to build a differentiated, strategic growth partner for independent labels and artists. The challenge for the industry then (and now) was for artists and labels to invest their time and money efficiently and effectively in breaking the ocean of available content and building enduring audiences.

“As a music and technology entrepreneur, I was drawn to this opportunity for Ingrooves to innovate and become the industry leader in bringing real value to a rapidly growing market.

“Our outstanding financial results, customer base and platform engagement metrics validate our strategy and I am extremely proud of our collaboration.”

Bob Roback

“We have achieved so much in almost seven years. We made significant investments in data science early on and built a world-class team of experts across all departments of the company. Our acquisition by UMG in 2019 allowed us to accelerate our pace of global expansion and accelerate our development of pioneering marketing methods to help our labels and artists achieve even greater success.

“Our outstanding financial results, customer base and platform engagement metrics validate our strategy and I am extremely proud of our collaboration.”


Before joining Ingrooves / Isolation Network in 2015, Bob Roback was President of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.

As a serial entrepreneur, Roback co-founded LAUNCH Media with Dave Goldberg in 1994 – one of the world’s first digital music companies. The company was acquired by Yahoo! Inc. in 2001.

As part of the sale, Roback became Head of Music at Yahoo! and oversaw its global music business until 2007.

After Yahoo! He became co-founder and CEO of Dashbox, a workflow management system and music licensing marketplace. Dashbox was acquired by FilmTrack in 2014.music business worldwide

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