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Christian Martin IV to Step Down as CEO/President of C.F. Martin & Co.

Christian Wissmuller • Upfront • July 19, 2020

On July 16, C.F. Martin & Co. Inc. announced that Christian Martin IV has decided that, at the conclusion of his NAMM Chairmanship in July 2021, he will step into the role of executive chairman of C.F Martin & Co., Inc. He will remain chairman of the board and family ownership of the company will continue.

“I’ve spent over 40 years in my family business and what a ride it’s been,” said Chris Martin, chairman and CEO of C.F. Martin. “Now I’ve reached the point where it’s time for me to move into the role of executive chairman. I am confident in the current leadership team because I know they love the company as much as I do and I will be working closely with them through this transition.”

Jacqueline Renner, president of C.F. Martin & Co. also announced her plans to retire on October 1, 2021. She feels with Chris’ change, it is the right time for her to transition as well. She is committed to working with Chris on a smooth executive transition process.

“I have truly enjoyed working with Chris and all our co-workers over the last five years to strengthen Martin Guitar. I look forward to continuing to do so through the executive transition process. I appreciate Chris’ planned approach for a smooth transition for the company which benefits our customers, co-workers and ultimately the musicians that Martin Guitar seeks to inspire.”

“I am very grateful for the support and leadership that Jackie has shown as president over these past five years.” said Chris Martin.

Martin will be doing a search for a CEO-President who will embrace and augment our unique culture and continue to enhance the Martin brand around the world. Hudson Gain Corporation has been retained to conduct this search.

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