Jeff Zuchowski, Vice President of Industry Relations and Artist Marketing at Pandora, has been one of the music industry’s most visionary leaders for over two decades. Since joining Pandora, the world’s most powerful music discovery platform, in 2012 he has been a driving force in developing the company’s relationships with, and programs for, every facet of the industry. With an engaging and creative eye toward strategic digital management and innovative marketing initiatives, Jeff Z (as he is commonly known within the industry) navigated several entertainment corporations through everything from fresh start-ups and challenging turnarounds to impressive high-growth cycles.
In his role as Senior Director of Artist Strategy at Pandora, Zuchowski forged creative partnerships with established and emerging artists including Imagine Dragons, Nick Jonas, Fall Out Boy, Rita Ora, Fifth Harmony, Tori Kelley and Florida Georgia Line. In 2015, he was promoted to Vice President of Industry Relations. Skilled at developing strategies for engaging with the listening audience as well as adapting to the ever-evolving music industry, in 2017 he was part of a team that established a partnership with Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon musical director and Roots drummer Questlove to launch Pandora’s “Questlove Supreme” music and interview show.
Zuchowski’s high-profile career began when he was hired by Z100 radio in New York. A move to Miami followed, working alongside Island Records founder Chris Blackwell and MTV co-founder Les Garland at cutting-edge music-video broadcaster The Box. He then returned to New York in 1996, as Music Director for iHeartMedia’s iconic WKTU, eventually becoming Program Director during his 11-year tenure. Just prior to joining Pandora, in 2010 he was named Vice President and Director of Programming at Goom Radio, a mobile Internet service launched in France offering branded-content radio stations. He has also done consulting work throughout his career. Twice recognized as one of “40 Under 40” in the music industry, he is also a three-time winner of Billboard’s Music Director of the Year award. He currently serves on the National Board of Directors for the T.J. Martell Found