August 18, 2022 I Appointments

Fender Play Foundation Names Darroodi President

Aarash Darroodi

Fender has appointed Aarash Darroodi as the new president of Fender Play Foundation (FPF), the brand’s 501(c)(3) public charitable organization. Darroodi succeeds co-presidents Evan Jones, Fender’s CMO, and Ed Magee, Fender’s EVP of operations, who have moved to new roles on FPF’s board of directors. Effective immediately, Darroodi will support the organization in its mission to expand access to music education, putting instruments into the hands of students and empowering self-expression using the power of music.

“We are fortunate to have worked alongside Aarash for many years, most notably as we developed the Fender Play Foundation,” Jones and Ed Magee said in a joint statement. “We are thrilled to see him take his personal commitment into the role as president to further our mission to equip, educate and inspire the next generation. A seasoned leader across the FMIC organization and legal industry, Darroodi’s extensive knowledge, deep understanding of the Foundation and vast cultural expertise will provide invaluable support to make music education accessible to all.”

In his current role as executive vice president and general counsel, Darroodi is responsible for all global legal matters across the FMIC portfolio of owned and licensed brands, which includes Fender, Squier, Gretsch, Jackson, EVH, Charvel, Bigsby and PreSonus.

“I’m honored to step into the role as president of the Fender Play Foundation and continue the great work that was started by its incredibly dedicated team,” said Darroodi. “Music is a universal language that empowers creativity, community-building, and self-expression and through the Fender Play Foundation, we aim to place instruments in the hands of youth who aspire to become the next generation of influential artists. We are committed more than ever to building upon our original mission and expanding the program so that thousands of new students — across Los Angeles and beyond — can experience the joy of music.”

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