Joe Bentivegna

Yamaha Guitar Group
Names President

Joe Bentivegna has been named president of the Calabasas-based Yamaha Guitar Group, effective April 1. In his new role, Bentivegna, currently the organization's chief operating officer, will assume leadership of Yamaha Guitar Group and its responsibilities in managing three brands: Yamaha guitars, Line 6 and Ampeg.

Bentivegna joined Line 6 10 years ago, and as COO he has been overseeing and building teams that manage the company's product development, supply chain, IT, logistics and customer support functions. Bentivegna has been vital in leading the company through its continued growth and transition into a member of the Yamaha family, according to company representatives. Previously he served a 16-year tenure at Avid, where he was COO for the video division.

"I'm thrilled to be passing the torch to someone who appreciates the company's culture and our customers so much, and is such a great fit for the role," said Marcus Ryle, current president of Yamaha Guitar Group and co-founder of Line 6. "With his history and proven track record, I'm confident Joe is the right person to lead the organization into the next phase of innovation and development."

Line 6 was acquired by Yamaha in 2014. Under Ryle's leadership, the company formed into Yamaha Guitar Group and acquired Ampeg in 2018. As he approached 39 years of leadership in the MI industry, Ryle decided at the beginning of 2019 that the timing was right for him to step down as president and transition into a consulting role.

"Our leadership team has shown great skill in managing and growing our guitar brands," Ryle said. "I feel very lucky to be able to leave the company in such capable hands."

"I am enormously thankful to Marcus Ryle for his many contributions to Yamaha Guitar Group. I am humbled and honored for the opportunity to now lead this amazing team into its next era," Bentivegna said. "We have great products, great customers and what looks to be an exciting future in front of us. I also look forward to building even stronger partnerships within all of Yamaha and throughout the industry."