RIAA adds Duckworth in publicity role


WASHINGTON -- The RIAA said Monday that it hired former MPAA executive Cara Duckworth to be its new director of communications.

Duckworth replaces Jenni Engebretsen, who left recently to become the Democratic National Convention Committee's deputy CEO, public affairs.

Duckworth worked in the MPAA's Washington office as director of communications, helping to advance the association's communications agenda on various issues of interest to the U.S. motion picture industry, including the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights and the promotion of the organization's educational outreach directives.

"With her expertise in the entertainment industry and Capitol Hill and experience with the news media, she is the perfect match for the organization and the music industry," RIAA senior vp communications Jonathan Lamy said.

Before joining the MPAA, Duckworth served as press secretary of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee under the chairmanship of Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H.