John Solheim Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Chairman & CEO of PING, John Solheim, has been awarded the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at last week’s HSBC Golf Business Forum which took place at the Pudong Shangri La Hotel in Shanghai. John is being recognized for his outstanding contribution to the world of golf as well as his leadership and innovation within the business of golf. A very deserving winner of the 2015 award, John is the son of PING founder Karsten Solheim and was appointed President of the company in 1995 before taking over as Chairman and CEO in 1997.
PING is a company synonymous with quality and service in the world of golf, and the Solheim family were not only integral to the creation of the Solheim Cup, but have elevated the biennial contest to a global success with spectator figures surpassing 100,000 and more than 2.5 million worldwide television viewers. In 2002 John conceived the idea to expand the popularity and prestige of the Cup by creating the PING Junior Solheim Cup. which is now held in conjunction with the event and offers girls under the age of 18 from Europe and United States the opportunity to promote their golfing careers. To learn more go to www.PING.com.
The Award is being presented for the 10th successive year and John joins a list of illustrious winners including last year’s recipient, Peter Dawson, the outgoing Chief Executive of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club(R&A), Tim Finchem, PGA TOUR Commissioner, as well as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
Speaking about the accolade, John said, “I’m honored and delighted to receive this prestigious award. The list of previous winners is extremely impressive and I am very proud to know that the Solheim name will be alongside some of the most influential in the world of golf.
This award indirectly recognizes the contributions to golf of my entire family and the tremendous team at PING. Shanghai is the perfect city to host the premier golf business event of the year and I enjoyed hearing from the speakers.”
The HSBC Business Forum is the largest and most significant meeting of golf business executives and decision-makers in the world and, with an action packed agenda, is a must for all in the golf industry.
eSouthernGOLF congratulates John Solheim on this prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.