ClubCorp names industry veteran its new CEO

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David Pillsbury will join ClubCorp as chief executive officer, effective June 1, 2018.

Pillsbury has held numerous leadership roles in the golf industry over the past 30 years. He started his golf career at American Golf Corporation (AGC) where he gained experience in all aspects of golf operations and ultimately became Co-CEO. At AGC, Pillsbury led multiple innovations including the formation of American Golf Country Clubs, the Private Club Member Platinum Program, the Nike Golf Learning Centers, centralized tee time reservations, and much more. After American Golf, Pillsbury became general manager of Nike Golf, responsible for all U.S. operations, marketing and sales. Following Nike Golf, Pillsbury was president of PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties Tournament Players Clubs (TPC’s), and he was then promoted to president of PGA TOUR Championship Management including The Players, and EVP of PGA TOUR Tournament Business Affairs. Most recently, he held CEO roles outside of golf in both the healthcare and consumer products industries.

“Dave has a keen understanding and appreciation for the traditions of the game of golf, is totally committed to enhancing member and guest experiences, and embraces contemporary thinking and technology,” said David Sambur, ClubCorp’s Chairman of the board. “Dave brings a unique skill set and perspective which he has gathered from being involved in multiple dimensions of the golf industry. We believe Dave’s experience and energy will be a strong catalyst for our ambitious plans to expand the ClubCorp network and drive innovation and new products and services for the benefit of ClubCorp’s members and guests.”

Pillsbury added, “I am thrilled to join ClubCorp, the leading owner and operator of private clubs. The rich history and extensive capabilities of ClubCorp combined with the support of a transformational sponsor like Apollo makes for an unparalleled platform to further enhance the lives of our members, guests and teammates.”

Pillsbury received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley.

The company also announced Mark Burnett, president and COO, will be transitioning out after 12 successful years of leadership. Burnett served in multiple roles at ClubCorp including executive vice president of operations, COO and, for the past two years, president and COO. During Mark’s tenure, ClubCorp experienced consecutive years of growth, significantly expanding the network of clubs and member services.

“It has been an exciting time to lead the organization through the acquisition by the Apollo-managed funds and I am confident the company is well positioned for the future,” said Burnett. “It has been an honor to be a part of this team and I look forward to ensuring a successful transition to new leadership.”

“Mark has been instrumental in driving operational excellence at ClubCorp. We appreciate his hard work and dedication and we thank him for all he has done for the company,” said Sambur.

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