The D’Addario Company announced that effective January 1, 2020, John D’Addario III, son of John D’Addario, Jr. and nephew of the current CEO, took on the title of CEO in addition to his current role as President. John D’Addario III has held many positions in the organization over his 23-year tenure with the company, from working in the shipping department as a teenager, to positions in operations and sales, to his current position as President. J3 has been instrumental in helping to drive D’Addario’s meteoric growth from an American guitar string company to a global powerhouse in the music accessories business.
Jim D’Addario, one of the company’s founders and leaders since its inception in 1973, stepped down as CEO and assumed a new dual role as Chairman of the Board and Chief Innovation Officer. In this capacity, Jim will continue to be responsible for driving innovation throughout the enterprise, particularly in product development and the engineering of D’Addario’s vast portfolio of accessory products.