PING Golf Chairman receives HSBC Lifetime Achievement Award
PING Golf Chairman and CEO John A. Solheim has been honoured with the highly-distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award at the HSBC Golf Business Forum in Shanghai, China.
Solheim has been recognised for his outstanding contributions to golf and for his achievements, leadership and innovation within the business side of the game.
Wetting his feet in the game at the age of 13 working alongside his father Karsten on early putter designs in the families garage, Solheim aspired to become an architect. However, as PING’S name started to grow, his passion morphed into designing golf clubs and helping Karsten grow his privately-held entity into one of the most influential golf companies in the world today. As Chairman and CEO, he now leads the company’s strategic direction and oversees the design and development of PING products.
“This prestigious award has been given to the game’s biggest names over the years, so I’m very honoured to have the Solheim name next to many of golf’s legends,” Solheim said. “I accept this on behalf of my family and the entire company because achievement is always the result of teamwork. We have a lot of great team leaders at PING who make my job easier, and together we give PING the reputation it enjoys in the golf world.”
HSBC heaped particular praise on the Solheims (PING founder Karsten Solheim and his wife, Louise) for creating the Solheim Cup in 1990, and for John Solheim’s role in elevating it to global success and creating the PING Junior Solheim Cup in 2002. “My parents provided me so many wonderful examples of leadership through the years, and creating the Solheim Cup has left a tremendous legacy,” Solheim said. “They were committed to growing women’s golf and inspiring girls to take up the game. Along with my family and everyone at PING, we continue to hold that event near and dear to our hearts because it’s the right thing to do and we truly enjoy being ambassadors for the game we love.”