Amanda Marks, Head of Digital Accounts for Universal Music, Announces Departure

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Amanda Marks

The exec has spent 18 years at or near the center of the major label's digital strategy.

Amanda Marks, Universal Music Group's global head of digital accounts who was among the company's early architects of its digital strategy, is leaving that company at the end of this month, according to an internal e-mail obtained by Billboard.

Marks spent 18 years with UMG and along the way she was general manager of Jimmy & Doug's Farmclub, an early attempt at integrating digital, TV and music; was an executive vp of eLab, UMG's first digital strategy and operation unit; and executive vp & general manager of digital for Universal Music Group Distribution.

"When I look back at where we were in 1999, I am awed at what we have accomplished together and will be forever grateful for this unbelievable experience," Marks said in an email to her UMG colleagues. " I’ve had an amazing time being part of the advent and growth of the digital music business... Along the way, I’ve learned so much about creativity, media and technology, and how they all intersect, complement and sometimes collide into the music industry as we know and love it today."

In the e-mail, she said she made the decision to seek out her next adventure and leave UMG, although she doesn't know yet what the next chapter in her career will be.