Full Compass named Craig Johnson its chief executive officer. In his role as CEO, he will be responsible for setting the future strategy and direction of Full Compass Systems, as well as building and leading the senior executive team.

“Susan and I first met Craig Johnson 16 years ago,” said Jonathan Lipp, co-founder of Full Compass. “We both had an immediate sense of comfort and respect which has only been reinforced over the years. Our discussions regarding business philosophy always left me with valuable and interesting insights, which have led us to pursuing working together in some context. The stars have aligned, we have created the right opportunity and we couldn’t be happier. We feel privileged to announce that Craig is joining our team in the role of CEO.”

Johnson comes to Full Compass with many years of experience in the pro audio, video, lighting and musical instrument markets. He spent more than 12 years at Musician’s Friend, where he held several senior positions including president / COO and chief executive officer. He was then appointed chief supply chain officer of parent company, Guitar Center. He has also served as chief operating officer of Gibson Guitar, where he was responsible for the company’s worldwide manufacturing operations.

“I am very excited to join Full Compass Systems, a company with such a rich history and great brand in the professional audio, video and lighting industry,” said Johnson. “The company is well poised for continued market growth and expansion. I look forward to working with Jonathan, Susan and the talented management team and employees to continue delivering the unparalleled customer service Full Compass Systems is known for, and helping to accelerate growth in the direct, online, wholesale and retail channels.”

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