|John K. Solheim|
John K., as he is known within the company, served as an executive vice president for the last two years after a four-year assignment as president of PING Golf Japan, where he led a successful effort to re-position the PING brand throughout Japan and Asia. Prior to his time in Japan, he oversaw PING’s new product development efforts as vice president of engineering. As a high-school student he worked summers in the engineering department, including one shadowing his grandfather, an experience that gave him an education unlike any other as he observed and absorbed Karsten’s passion for the brand he created in his garage in 1959. John K. graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University (ASU) in 1996 with a degree in mechanical engineering. In 2001, he earned an Executive MBA degree from ASU.
“I am grateful for this opportunity,” said John K., 42, who is married and the father of four. “I have aspired to this for most of my career. Such responsibility is something I don’t believe you can ever be completely ready for, but I am certainly prepared. We all know a lot has changed since my grandfather entered the golf industry more than five decades ago. But what hasn’t changed is the foundation Karsten built here at PING. We are committed to making the best golf products in the world to help golfers play better and enjoy the game more. I look forward to working even more closely with my dad and the rest of the third-generation family members as we focus on continuing to grow PING’s reputation as an industry leader. We’ve built tremendous teams across all disciplines within the company, which has put us in a position of strength in a challenging industry.”
In his new role, John K. will oversee the day-to-day activities of the company, including all functions related to product development, supply chain management, production and sales/marketing. In addition to his father, his brothers Andy (Executive Vice President) and David (Vice President) and his cousin Stacey (Solheim) Pauwels (Executive Vice President) comprise the Solheim family executive leadership team.
The company also announced that current Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Mike Trueblood has been promoted to Executive Vice President Operations/CFO. He will assume additional responsibilities related to the company’s day-to-day operations.