Edward Hughes, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Edward is an experienced CEO who has successfully built, turned around and sold technology and consumer product companies. He has nearly 20 years of experience, including 16 years in senior leadership roles in the golf and technology sectors (Aculon, PowerMetal Technologies, TaylorMade-adidas Golf, Maxfli Golf, Dunlop Slazenger).
Prior to Aculon he was the Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of PowerMetal Technologies Inc. located in Carlsbad California; a leading supplier of nanotechnology enabled components focused on the Golf and Sporting Goods market. Before then, Edward was Senior VP and GM for TaylorMade-adidas Golf, heading up the North American business division and Global Marketing and was part of the team that turned around TaylorMade’s performance by growing sales and doubling profits. Prior to selling Maxfli Golf to TaylorMade adidas Golf, Edward helped turn around Maxfli as Vice President & General Manager. Previous roles include Director of Strategy and Group Marketing Manager at The Pillsbury Company in Minneapolis.
Edward serves on the Boards of several San Diego based nonprofit organizations including as President of the Harvard Business School Club of San Diego. He is a former member of the Young Presidents Organization. Edward also teaches new venture management at the MBA program at University of California, Irvine.
Edward earned his Master’s Degree from University of Cambridge in England and his MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he graduated with High Distinction and was a George F. Baker Scholar.