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Joly Named President
of Musician's Friend

Guitar Center has named longtime GC executive Gene Joly as the new president of its Musician’s Friend division.

Joly will be responsible for guiding the direction of Musician’s Friend, while capitalizing on his experience in merchandising, vendor relations, distribution, supply management and direct marketing. Prior to his appointment, Joly was Guitar Center’s executive vice president of stores. Replacing Joly will be longtime GC operations executive Kevin Kazubowski.

“There’s no doubt that Joly is the man to lead Musician’s Friend and our Music 123 business into a bold, new direction as 2014 approaches,” said Mike Pratt, Guitar Center CEO. “Over his 38-year career in the MI industry, he has earned the respect and trust of our entire organization and countless others across our industry. I’m looking forward to watching Joly put his own unique stamp on the company as its next president, and I wish him continued success.”

“The opportunity to lead Musician’s Friend is both exciting and bittersweet for me,” Joly said. “Over the last five years, I’ve been hard at work on a host of transformational business projects with the help of an exceptional Guitar Center team. These folks mean a great deal to me. At the same time, I relish the opportunity to work with my new MF team, which includes some of the all-time greats from the Medford, Ore., campus. We’re going to take the direct business to a whole new level.”