Isolation Network, the parent company of INgrooves Fontana, named Jay Boberg its new chairman of the board today (May 17), filling the position vacated by new Chief Operating Officer Vincent Freda.
Boberg has sat on the board at Isolation Network since 2010, working to complete the acquisition of Fontana distribution from Universal and advising CEO/founder Robb McDaniels.
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“Jay’s comprehensive knowledge of an array of entertainment businesses, earned over nearly 35 years in leadership positions in the industry, has made him a very valuable counsel to me and our entire executive team these past two years,” said McDaniels in a statement. “As we enter the next phase of our growth at Isolation Network, Jay’s guidance will become even more crucial to our long term success.”
Boberg has had a long career as a record label executive, co-founding I.R.S. Records in 1979 which went on to sign R.E.M., the Go-Gos and Fine Young Cannibals before it was sold to Thorn/EMI in 1993, then becoming president of MCA Music Publishing in 1994, later becoming president of MCA Records where he worked with artists such as Blink-182, the Roots, Mary J. Blige, Sublime, Shaggy and Sigur Ros.
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“Robb McDaniels and his team have built an extraordinary company from scratch through a combination of maverick vision, technological innovation and a commitment to providing value and extraordinary service for their artists, labels and book publishers,” Boberg said in a statement. “The Fontana purchase represents just the beginning of an aggressive set of initiatives to transform INgrooves and INscribe into global market leaders.”