Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD) has changed its structure bringing digital and physical sales under the umbrella of Universal Music Distribution (UMD).

The other divisions in UMGD are: Fontana, the indie distribution company; Vivendi Entertainment, the video distribution company and UMGD Digital, which manages UMG's digital assets.

As part of the new UMD structure, Amanda Marks has been named executive VP/GM, Laura Saez has been promoted to senior VP of sales and Mitch Rotter has been hired to be VP of marketing. Marks, who previously served as executive VP/GM of digital distribution for UMGD, will report to UMGD president and CEO Jim Urie, while both Rotter and Saez report to her.

In its new structure, "UMGD will continue to offer the most extensive array of personalized marketing and sales services in the industry, allowing artists and partner labels to move more seamlessly between digital and physical retail opportunities," the company said in a statement.

"Our partners want a frictionless environment where they can move easily between physical and digital offerings,” Urie said in a statement. “So the demand for our market-leading full suite of services is at an all time high. This new approach will capitalize on that demand by providing our partners with a competitive edge in the market."

Prior to joining UMGD, Marks served as executive VP of eLabs, UMG's new media and technologies division, and also helped launch Jimmy and Doug's Farmclub.com, where she served as GM. Her background also includes stints with UMG's business and legal affairs department, Mercury Records, Rock-It Cargo USA, Viscount Airlines and their affiliated companies. She also worked as an associate with the law firm of McKenna & Cuneo in Los Angeles.

Saez, who will now head the account management and sales teams, previously had served as UMD VP of sales for UMD. Prior to that, she served as VP of digital strategy and sales for Rhino Entertainment.

Rotter, who oversees label marketing and consumer marketing, was previously senior VP of content acquisition and strategy for Thumbplay and prior to that, he was senior VP of music development and soundtracks for New Line Cinema.

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