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HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (March 7, 2017) – Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) CEO Andy Mooney today announced new executive structure within the product division for two of its esteemed and loyal employees, Richard McDonald and Justin Norvell.  

Richard McDonald, who joined the company in 1993 and most recently held the role as Executive Vice President Fender Brand, will assume a newly created leadership position of Chief Product Strategist. In his new role, he will provide counsel and guidance for the long-term product vision for Fender’s core business.

Justin Norvell will be stepping into the role previously held by McDonald, and will now report directly to CEO Andy Mooney as Senior Vice President, Fender Products. Norvell, whose 20-year tenure with FMIC began in 1996, will allow for a seamless transition as he oversees all aspects of the Fender Brand, including: electric guitars and basses, acoustic guitars, amplifiers, accessories, lifestyle, and licensing.

“We are very pleased to welcome Richard and Justin in their new executive management roles,” said Andy Mooney CEO Fender Musical Instruments Corp. “Both their experience and commitment has been and will remain invaluable as we continue to deliver new innovative products and categories the Fender brand is known for.”

Full bio and headshot of Richard McDonald and Justin Norvell available here.

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About Fender Musical Instruments Corporation:
Since 1946, Fender has revolutionized music and culture as one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC), whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch® guitars, Jackson®, EVH® and Charvel®, follows a player-centric approach to crafting the highest quality instruments and musical solutions across genres. FMIC is dedicated to unlocking the power of music through electric and acoustic guitars, amplifiers, pro audio, accessories and digital products that inspire and enable musical expression at every stage, from beginners to history-making legends.

Fender Media Contact:
Christina Stejskal
Head of Communications
Fender Musical Instruments Corp.
Email: CStejskal@fender.com