Fairhaven, Massachusetts, United States: Wally Uihlein, one of the golf industry’s most influential individuals for more than four decades, is to retire from his post as President and Chief Executive Officer of Acushnet.
Uihlein, who started with Acushnet in 1976 and has been the senior golf executive since 1995, will stand down at the end of the year.
A frequent visitor to Asia, he will remain on the Acushnet Board of Directors and also become Advisor to the Chairman.
Acushnet also announced that its Board of Directors has appointed David Maher, Acushnet’s current Chief Operating Officer, to succeed Uihlein as President and CEO, effective upon Uihlein’s retirement.
Maher, aged 49, joined the company in 1991 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in June, 2016. Prior to that, Maher was Senior Vice President, Titleist Worldwide Sales and Global Operations from February 2016 to June 2016 and Vice President, Titleist US Sales from 2001 to January 2016.
Acushnet Chairman Gene Yoon said: “We thank Wally Uihlein for his 40-plus years with Acushnet and the terrific leadership he has provided during this time. I am very happy that Wally will remain on the Board and also serve as Advisor to the Chairman.
“Acushnet will continue to benefit from his extensive knowledge and experience in areas such as strategic planning, acquisitions, player promotion and golf equipment regulatory matters.
“I also want to congratulate David Maher on his promotion to President and CEO. During his 26 years with the company, David has demonstrated both the leadership and strategy skills that will ensure that Acushnet will continue to be one of the leading companies in the worldwide golf industry.”