Jeff Gottlieb


Jeff Gottlieb Joins
Music & Arts as New President

Guitar Center has appointed Jeff Gottlieb as president of its Music & Arts brand, succeeding Steve Zapf, who has served as president since 2012. Gottlieb will report directly to Guitar Center President and CEO Ron Japinga and will be based in Maryland at Music & Arts' headquarters.

Gottlieb enters his new role with significant retail experience, including executive positions at Sur La Table, Jockey International and Banana Republic. He is also an advocate for music education and plays guitar. While at Sur La Table, Gottlieb led a rapid phase of growth, and many of the growth strategies he executed for Sur La Table can bolster the ongoing expansion of Music & Arts, according to company representatives. Additionally, he led the Sur La Table cooking school program, a business with many parallels to the lessons programs of Guitar Center and Music & Arts.

"I'm very excited to be joining Music & Arts. We have an incredible opportunity to continue to build a brand that is an extremely important part of people's lives," Gottlieb said in a statement issued April 8. "I have a deep appreciation for all different genres of music, and that appreciation is part of what attracted me to Music & Arts. This business is so much more than a retail store; as one of the largest music lesson providers, we offer tremendous value to our customers and students by giving them valuable skills they will use for the rest of their lives."

"Jeff is a strong, confident and collaborative leader," Japinga said in the same statement. "One of the things that excites me about Jeff is his experience leading complex retail operations, including managing companies through strong growth initiatives. While his track record includes strong financial performance, it was very clear to me that Jeff has a people-first mindset and is passionate about customer service, both of which are critical for all leaders throughout the Guitar Center enterprise."