Gibson Guitar CEO—The anatomy of a turnaround; Gibson’s rocketing success is built on engaging employees and community
Curleigh shares tales of his incredible life journey that includes a stint as a musician in England, management with M&M Mars, Salomon Sportswear, Keen Shoes, and subsequently CEO of Levi Strauss & Company before accepting the challenge to take the helm of Gibson in 2018 when the company had just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.
The seeds of Curleigh’s passion for music were instilled as a child by his parents—with mom playing her Epiphone acoustic guitar and his Canadian Naval pilot dad accompanying mom on his banjo.
Central to Curleigh’s business model at Gibson is an ongoing engagement with and support of school music programs and musicians. When the devastating tornado trashed Nashville, Curleigh set in motion an offer of a free guitar for any local resident whose guitar had been destroyed by the hurricane.
More than 250 guitars have been gifted to local musicians who lost their guitars in the March 3, 2020 tornado. Additionally, in a two-year period Gibson gifted more than 3,0000 guitars to musicians nationwide through their Gibson Gives program.
Come along and join Curleigh as he shares his incredible life journey and discover how he has infused Gibson with an intrinsic greater-good mission.
Funding for Journeys of Discovery provided by Nashville's Big Back Yard economic initiative focused on rural communities in the southwest quarter of Tennessee and the Shoals Region of Northern Alabama.