The Avedis Zildjian Company announced that Cady Zildjian has been appointed as vice chair of the board of directors.

Cady, daughter of Debbie Zildjian and granddaughter of Armand Zildjian, is the oldest of the 15th generation of Zildjian shareholders. Since joining the board of directors in 2018, she’s played an integral role in the company’s strategic plans for growth. After serving on the board for the past three years, Cady was elevated to vice chair in early 2021.

Cady graduated from Colgate University in 2002. After that, she worked as senior account manager at SmartPak, a supplier of supplements and accessories for animals. Her involvement with Zildjian began in 2007, when she joined the company as manager of Z gear, the Zildjian line of apparel and accessories. In 2012, Cady left Zildjian to earn an MBA from Babson College’s Olin Graduate School of Business while beginning a family.

In addition to her new responsibilities as vice chair, Cady was appointed co-chair for Zildjian’s new Diversity and Inclusion Council.

“As the oldest family business in the U.S., we appreciate the importance of carefully planned succession,” said Craigie Zildjian, executive chair of Zildjian. “We are pleased to see Cady assume a stronger leadership role in the family business at this time.”

Cady has two daughters, Emilia and Maisie.

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