Bob Roback resigns as CEO of Ingrooves Music Group after 7 years

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

During that time, Roback has led Ingrooves through significant revenue growth, as well as global expansion to territories including Australia, Brazil, Japan, India, South Africa and Spain.

A crucial moment for Roback’s tenure as Ingrooves’ chief executive was the sale of the Los Angeles-based company to Universal Music Group in 2019. (UMG was a former minority shareholder in Ingrooves.)

In a note sent to his staff this week and obtained by MBW, Roback said: “[There] is no easy way to say it’s time for me to pass Ingroove’s CEO torch and pursue new challenges. The same entrepreneurial spirit that brought me to Ingrooves now draws me to a new path. “

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

“[There] is no easy way to say it’s time for me to pass Ingroove’s CEO torch and pursue new challenges. The same entrepreneurial spirit that brought me to Ingrooves now draws me to a new path. “

Bob Roback

Roback confirmed that when he takes over as CEO in the coming months, Ingrooves’ CFO, Jeff Cuatto, will head an interim management team.

Roback noted in his note: “UMG is conducting a leadership search for my successor and remains committed to Ingrooves, our mission and our global team.”

Roback thanked Universal Music Group’s Chairman / CEO, Sir Lucian Grainge, and UMG’s EVP / CFO, Boyd Muir, for showing “tremendous support for our global mission to work with the best independent labels and artists in the world and to pursue the unprecedented innovation in leveraging data and AI to pave the way for new marketing methods ”.

Under Roback’s leadership, Ingrooves – who work with independent labels and artists – have made significant investments in proprietary technology.

Two years ago, the company obtained a U.S. patent on AI-powered marketing technology.

This year, it won another patent for marketing technology, which it built internally; Ingrooves claims that this technology “is improving [our] ability to detect and deliver high value streaming audience ”.

Roback said in his note to staff this week: “When I joined Ingrooves as your CEO in 2015, I was excited to build a differentiated, strategic growth partner for independent labels and artists. The industry’s challenge then (and now) was, that artists and labels should effectively and efficiently spend their time and money breaking through the sea of ​​accessible content and building a lasting audience.

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

“Our amazing financial results, customer base and platform engagement metrics validate our strategy, and I’m extremely proud of our work together.”

Bob Roback

“In almost seven years, we have achieved so much. We made early, significant investments in computer science and built a world-class team of experts in all departments across the organization. Our acquisition of UMG in 2019 enabled us to increase our global pace of expansion and accelerate our creation of cutting-edge marketing methods to help our labels and artists become even more successful.

“Our amazing financial results, customer base and platform engagement metrics validate our strategy, and I’m extremely proud of our work together.”


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

As a serial entrepreneur, Roback founded LAUNCH Media in 1994 with Dave Goldberg – 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 activities until 2007.

After Yahoo! he co-founded and CEO of Dashbox, a workflow management system and marketplace for music licenses. Dashbox was acquired by FilmTrack in 2014.Music business worldwide

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