From left, Hal Leonard's Keith Mardak and Larry Morton.

Hal Leonard Announces CEO Leadership Change

Hal Leonard has announced that Keith Mardak is stepping down as its CEO and Larry Morton will become president and CEO, effective Aug. 1. Mardak will remain with Hal Leonard as chairman of the board and act in a consultant role for the foreseeable future.

Morton joined Hal Leonard in 1990 and quickly worked his way up to national sales manager then vice president of sales. Mardak appointed Morton as president of Hal Leonard in 1999.

Under Mardak's leadership, the company has become a worldwide leader in educational methods and repertoire, with sales of over $250 million and nearly 800 employees, according to a press release issued June 26. In addition, the company has expanded around the world, with offices in Australia, England, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and more.

"I am proud of the work I've done with Hal Leonard and happy that I've been able to spend the majority of my days working in the music industry," Mardak said. "Over the years, I've had the honor of working with amazing people with the common goal of sharing the joy of making music. It doesn't get any better than that."