Wally Uihlein, longtime president and CEO of Acushnet Holdings Corp., has announced plans for his retirement, effective Jan. 1. Uihlein will stay on the company’s board of directors and become an adviser to the chairman.
Parent of the Titleist and FootJoy brands, Acushnet owes much of its success to Uihlein. The Massachusetts native joined the company as a regional sales representative in 1976 and soon became the national sales manager for Titleist. He became CEO of Acushnet in May 2000.
Uihlein has watched his son Peter win the 2010 U.S. Amateur and recently earn a PGA Tour card for the first time.
“We thank Wally Uihlein for his 40-plus years with Acushnet and the terrific leadership he has provided during this time,” Acushnet Chairman Gene Yoon said. “I am very happy that Wally will remain on the board and also serve as adviser 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.”
David Maher, Acushnet’s current chief operating officer, will succeed Uihlein. Maher, 49, joined the company in 1991 and and has served as COO for the past 15 months.
Maher will have large shoes to fill.
“Wally Uihlein has made so many contributions to the game and the industry over the years,” said Jim Nugent, Global Golf Post founder and publisher. “He was an outstanding steward of leading brands in the business, and he was an inspiration to his associates throughout the world. The game and industry will miss his leadership.”