NEW CEO, ACUSHNET COMPANY
Category leader: Uihlein’s company owns the Titleist and FootJoy brands, which dominate market shares across the key sectors of balls, shoes and equipment.
Going public: Last year was a key moment in his 30-year tenure at the top of the company, when he took Acushnet public, offering shares on Wall Street for the first time, the biggest golf company to do so and the most significant since Callaway’s IPO in early 1990s.
Pro V1 challenge: The ball has been the bedrock of sales since its 2000 launch but Uihlein must convince his new investors that golf is a growth market as well as fight off a growing number of competitors. Acushnet’s share price will tell the story.