On the Move: New additions at UMG, Revolver Podcasts, and NMPA

On the Move tracks hires, promotions, and other notable personnel changes within the online audio industry.

Universal Music Group has appointed Oana Ruxandra to the role of senior vice president of digital strategy and partnerships. The newly created position will see Ruxandra helping to develop the label’s digital efforts. She most recently held a VP role in digital strategy at Warner Music Group. “With Oana, we’re bringing on board a very talented and innovative executive, who will collaborate with our labels and partners to make sure we effectively guide and harness the marketplace’s evolution to the benefit of the entire music ecosystem,” said Michael Nash, Universal’s executive vice president of digital strategy.

Mark Taffet has joined Revolver Podcasts, the Latino audio specialist, as a strategic advisor. Taffet’s resume includes a stint at HBO where he worked on developing the channel’s pay-per-view model for boxing. “Mark is well known and highly respected in television, sports and media. His wisdom combined with his best practices expertise in growth strategies, sales development and marketing will benefit our shows, our consumers and our brand,” President Jack Hobbs said.

The National Music Publishers’ Association has added Zach Katz to its board of directors. Katz is the president of U.S. repertoire and marketing for BMG. “The NMPA and BMG share a similar mission – to create a fair and transparent environment where the interests of publishers and songwriters are protected,” Katz said. “I’m looking forward to the work we’ll do together for the advancement and benefit of music industry professionals.”

Anna Washenko