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Japinga New Guitar Center CEO

...to president of Guitar Center. In his new role, he will expand his responsibilities to the entire Guitar Center enterprise, which includes the 278-store Guitar Center chain, school music specialist Music & Arts, and the online business that operates under the Musician’s Friend, Music 123, and Woodwind & Brasswind domains.

Webb, a retail turnaround specialist who was recruited in 2015 to head Guitar Center after Ares Management took a controlling interest in the retailer, said, “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Guitar Center and am proud of the financial and operational successes that we’ve achieved in the past year-and-a-half. The company is in a solid position and I have tremendous confidence in Ron’s ability to guide the company. I look forward to seeing what Ron and the team will accomplish in the future.”

Before joining the team at Guitar Center, Japinga was executive vice president of merchandising, planning, and logistics at West Marine, a boating supply retailer with approximately 300 locations nationwide. Prior to that, he was a vice president-level executive with Kohl’s Department Stores. At Guitar Center as executive vice president for supply chain and private brands, he shared his vast knowledge of retailing throughout the company to positively influence Guitar Center’s overall performance.

“I’m excited about this opportunity on both personal and professional levels,” said Japinga. “One of the key reasons I joined the team here at Guitar Center was due to its great prospects for success. We have accomplished so much since then, yet we have more to accomplish. I remain enthusiastic about the company and look forward to contributing to the strategic direction that we’ve established in order to continue that success.”

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