Industry Moves: Universal Music; Highland Capital; BBE

imageUMGD: Universal Music Group Distribution is doing away with the division between its physical and digital services and promoted three of its executives: Amanda Marks is now EVP (formerly VP) and GM of Universal Music Distribution, Laura Saez is SVP (formerly VP) of sales, UMD and Mitch Rotter is VP of marketing, UMD. The company will start focusing on personalized marketing and sales to help artists better deal with digital and physical music sales.

Highland Capital Partners: Earlier this week, *Time Warner* exec Jack Haire joined the venture capital firm as an in-house venture executive focusing on digital media. During his career he was publisher of Time magazine and president of Fortune/Money group. He worked with CNN on the launch of and in 2006 became an advisor to CNET. Haire told that a “great [working] experience” with Highland was part of the reason for turning to VC and that in his new role, he’ll be looking at small business or health care companies that have successfully folded social networking into their business models.

BBE: The company formerly known as Broadband Enterprises has named Joe Gallagher EVP of sales. In this new position, Gallagher will take on many of the responsibilities held by Danny Fishman, who will transition to president. A longtime media sales executive, Gallagher was most recently VP of multimedia sales at The Wall Street Journal.