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Keith Lombardi Named President and COO at C.F. Martin & Co.

lombardiNazareth, PA - Keith H. Lombardi has been named President and Chief Operating Officer of C.F. Martin & Co., one of the world's most prestigious guitar manufacturers, it was announced by Chairman and CEO Christian F. Martin IV. Lombardi will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Martin Guitar Company, reporting directly to Mr. Martin.

"I am very pleased that Keith has elected to join the Martin Guitar Company," stated Mr. Martin. "Keith brings a wide range of expertise specifically in the areas of business development, operations and finance to our organization. Keith's presence will allow me to devote more time to our customers and retailers, explore international expansion of the Martin Brand, as well as to continue work on developing the next generation of Martin Guitars."

"It is an honor to join a company as respected and distinguished as C.F. MARTIN & CO.," noted Keith Lombardi. "Martin has a long and exceptional business history and has earned the respect and admiration of many in the music industry. They have an unparalleled reputation and I'm thrilled to be part of the team that will continue Martins' growth in the future."

Lombardi previously served as a managing partner of Crescent Asset Partners, an equity investment group. Prior to that, Lombardi was general manager at Baxter Healthcare an international medical device manufacturer and distribution company. Lombardi has a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Management from the University of Colorado and an MBA in Finance and Economics from the University of Chicago.

About Martin Guitar:

Founded in 1833 by Christian Frederick Martin, C.F. Martin & Co. has been continuously family owned and operated for six generations. The oldest surviving acoustic instrument producer in the world, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, many still using the design and techniques introduced by the company founder in the 1830s. The privately held manufacturer is acknowledged as the creator of some of the world's finest musical instruments. Martin innovations include the now-standard x-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the "dreadnought" size. Current Chairman and CEO Christian Frederick Martin, IV, took the helm of the company in 1986.

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