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David Abeles

PRESIDENT AND CEO, TAYLORMADE-ADIDAS GOLF CO.

David Abeles has 20 years of executive experience in the sports industry, most of it with TaylorMade. He first joined the company in 1998 and returned in 2015 after a stint as CEO of the Competitor Group and working in sales and marketing at the Acushnet Co. An avid golfer, he is repositioning the company to regain its position in the golf gear market. In May 2017, TaylorMade Golf announced its sale to KPS Capital Partners and a long-term endorsement deal with Rory McIlroy.

ALMA MATER: University of Connecticut

HOBBY: Running

FUN FACT: At age 13, he had 14 TaylorMade clubs in his golf bag