LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., June 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — C.F. Martin & Co. introduced as we speak that Thomas Ripsam has been appointed the corporate’s new Chief Govt Officer. Efficient June 14, 2021, Mr. Ripsam succeeds longtime Chairman and CEO, Christian Frederick Martin IV, who assumes the position of Govt Chairman.
An skilled development strategist and chief, Mr. Ripsam has a deep ardour for corporations with a powerful heritage and legacy. He’s a trusted advisor and enterprise companion, having guided quite a few boards of administrators and management groups to form methods and ship outcomes. His experience in technique improvement, digital/expertise deployment and steady enchancment will make sure the continued development of the 188-year-old firm.
After 35 years as C.F. Martin & Co. CEO, Chris Martin is moving into his new management position of Govt Chairman. Throughout his time as CEO, Mr. Martin has guided the corporate by way of booms and crises, leaving a legacy of development and manufacturing excellence. This transition comes as the corporate is experiencing unprecedented demand for its merchandise.
“First, I need to thank everybody within the music merchandise enterprise for his or her assist throughout my 35-year profession as CEO of my household’s enterprise. What a trip!” stated Mr. Martin. “I full my time period as NAMM Chairman this July on the present in Nashville, and I’ve been fascinated by retiring for a number of years, so this felt like the best time. I look ahead to transitioning to the position of Govt Chairman of Martin Guitar the place I’ll proceed to be a cheerleader for the Martin model. I’m excited to work with Thomas as he will get to know all of us and shares the love all of us have for the guitar.”
Chris Martin fingers the reins to Mr. Ripsam, who, over the course of his 25+ 12 months profession, first at Booz Allen & Hamilton, and most lately as a companion at PricewaterhouseCoopers, took on management tasks for rising the enterprise, growing service choices and managing groups. He has labored with client items corporations, specialty retailers, expertise options suppliers, Fortune 50 corporations and household owned companies, serving to to drive worthwhile development, enhancing digital capabilities, bettering buyer expertise and engagement, and producing a whole lot of hundreds of thousands in incremental worth for his purchasers.
An avid guitar participant, Mr. Ripsam collects fretted devices and even took a sabbatical in 2019 to work with a luthier to study in regards to the means of constructing acoustic guitars – within the type of Martin. He holds an MBA in Technique & Finance from Columbia Enterprise College and a BA in Enterprise Administration and Administration from Reutlingen College in Germany and Middlesex College in London.
“I’ve admired Martin guitars since I used to be a young person,” stated Ripsam. “My first actual acoustic was a Martin guitar and it has been an in depth companion to me since. Martin has all the time been an iconic fretted instrument builder and I’ve a deep appreciation for the corporate’s continued give attention to high quality, craftsmanship and innovation, in addition to its distinctive tradition and historical past. I’m honored and humbled to affix the Martin household and to hold on the legacy of Chris Martin and his predecessors.”
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C. F. Martin & Co.® has been Inspiring Musicians Worldwide® for almost two centuries with their superior guitar, ukulele, and string merchandise. Martin stays the selection for musicians world wide for his or her unequalled high quality, craftsmanship, and tone. All through the corporate’s lengthy historical past, Martin merchandise may be seen and heard throughout all genres of music and in all segments of popular culture, from live performance and theater levels to tv and films.
With an unwavering dedication to environmental sustainability and accountable manufacturing practices, Martin frequently drives the acoustic guitar market ahead, introducing progressive options which have change into requirements throughout the trade. These groundbreaking improvements embrace the introduction of X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar, and the “Dreadnought” dimension guitar.
Martin has additionally led improvements in strings, comparable to introducing the primary high-tensile power steel-string core wire; the primary nickel acoustic strings (Martin Retro®); the proprietary Titanium Core strings; and now the groundbreaking, new Genuine Acoustic line, which gives unmatched stability, tone, consolation, and longevity. Be taught extra right here: www.martinguitar.com/aa.
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