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Craigie Zildjian, Chief Executive Officer
In 1976, Craigie Zildjian
father (Armand) and grandfather (Avedis III) in the family business.
This was the first time three generations of Zildjians
would work side by side in the cymbal business.
In another first, Craigie became the first woman to be appointed CEO of the company in 1999.
Since then the company has experienced unprecedented growth and has strengthened its position as the market leader in cymbals all over the world.
As a result of her
commitment to education, Craigie
initiated the Avedis Zildjian
Percussion Scholarship program (in memory of her
grandfather), the Kerope Zildjian Concert Percussion Competition, Zildjian Artist In Residence program at Berklee College of Music
and more recently, the Zildjian Family Opportunity Fund
, which is administered through the Percussive Arts Society
is also a Gallery sponsor of the Museum of Making Music
and the Musical Instrument Museum
in Phoenix, AZ.
In 1998, in celebration of the Zildjian Company's
375th Anniversary, Craigie
developed the American Drummers Achievement Awards, honoring the great legends of the drum set.
An active member in the musical community, Craigie has served on the Board of Directors for the International Music Products Association (NAMM), the Board of Advisers of the International Association of Jazz Educators and the Board of Overseers at New England Conservatory.
Currently, she is the Chair of the Zildjian Board of Directors and a Trustee Emeritus of the Berklee College of Music.
Craigie holds a Masters of Education degree from Boston University, a Masters degree in Human Resources Management from American University and recently completed the Owners Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
In 2005 Zildjian
was recognized as 15th in the Top 100 Woman-Led Businesses in Massachusetts.
Craigie is also a member of the American Marketing Association - Boston Chapter.
She has a daughter, Samantha, who is a student at Babson College, majoring in Business.
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