Avedis Zildjian Company Promotes John Stephans to CEO; Cady Zildjian Joins Board of Directors

Craigie Zildjian has announced the promotion of John Stephans to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Avedis Zildjian Company, effective Jan. 2, 2019. Stephans will report directly to Craigie Zildjian, who will become executive chair, and maintain an active leadership role in the business. Additionally, the company has annouced that Cady Zildjian MacPherson has joined the board of directors. Her addition continues the tradition of Zildjian-family leadership of the company, extending 15 generations.

“Since joining the company as president at the beginning of 2017, John has already had a major impact on the development and execution of the roadmap for growing the family of brands including Zildjian, Vic Firth and Balter Mallets,” says Craigie Zildjian. “Equally important, John’s previous management and leadership experience with leading brands such as Gillette, Ocean Spray, and IdeaPaint, together with his interpersonal style have allowed him to quickly assimilate into our unique culture and the music industry.”

“I could not be more honoured and humbled by this appointment,” says Stephans. “For almost 400 years the Avedis Zildjian Company and the Zildjian family have been on the forefront of making the world’s greatest musical instruments and implements by understanding where music is and where it is going. I hope to continue to lead the company to many years of growth while maintaining our legacy of leadership in the musical instruments category.”

Regarding Cady Zildjian MacPherson joining the Avedis Zildjian Company Board of Directors, Craigie Zildjian says, “Debbie and I are excited to welcome Cady to the Board. This continues the 400-year old tradition of family leadership in the business.”

Cady is the daughter of Debbie Zildjian and granddaughter of Armand Zildjian. She is the oldest of the 15th generation of Zildjian shareholders. After graduating from Colgate University in 2002, she worked as senior account manager at SmartPak, a fast-growing supplier of supplements and accessories for animals. Cady’s involvement with Zildjian began in 2007, when she joined the company as manager of Z gear, the Zildjian line of apparel and accessories. In 2012, Cady left Zildjian to earn an MBA from Babson College’s Olin Graduate School of Business, while beginning a family. In December of 2018, Cady rejoined Zildjian as a member of the board of directors, helping guid the percussion company in its continued growth globally.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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