Martin Guitars has announced that CEO Chris Martin IV will retire in July 2021 after leading the company for more than 30 years.

Martin will still be involved in the company, however, in a different role. “I’ve spent over 40 years in my family business and what a ride it’s been,” said Martin in a statement. “Now I’ve reached the point where it’s time for me to move into the role of Executive Chairman. I am confident in the current leadership team, because I know they love the company as much as I do and I will be working closely with them through this transition.”


Chris Martin will also be stepping down as NAMM chairman, and Martin president Jacqueline Renner has also announced she will retire from the company in October 2021.