Golf Pride Announces New Sales Leaders Focused On After-Market and OEM Channels

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C.…Golf Pride, a division of diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton, announced today it has promoted two company and industry veterans to drive future sales growth globally. Wright Chandler will be focused specifically on the Aftermarket channel, while Steven Dougherty will lead the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) channel.

A 10-year member of the Golf Pride team, Wright Chandler, was named Global After-Market Sales Manager. In this new role, Chandler will oversee three regional managers (Asia-Pacific, Europe and Americas) specifically devoted to growing Golf Pride’s after-market presence in those markets. This newly formed global after-market sales team will be charged with improving partnerships with distributors, driving increased sell-through at retail and developing the Golf Pride brand in emerging markets.

A 12-year Golf Pride veteran, Steven Dougherty, was appointed to the newly created position of Global OEM Sales Manager. The global OEM sales team will be responsible for driving growth with club manufacturers around the world, by continuing to bring innovative solutions, partnering with their R&D teams to drive new technologies, and delivering best in class commercial excellence that exceeds customer expectations.

“Golf Pride continues to maintain its position as the #1 Grip in Golf because we constantly look to bring innovation and quality to our products, our operations and our unparalleled customer service at all levels,” said Brandon Sowell, Global Sales and Marketing Manager for Eaton’s Golf Grip Division.
Eaton’s Golf Grip Division is the world’s largest manufacturer of golf grips, with manufacturing, sales and distribution facilities on five continents. The division’s Golf Pride brand is recognized globally as the number one choice in grips among tour and recreational players, competitive amateur golfers, club manufacturers and club repairmen.

Eaton is a diversified power management company providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. A global technology leader, Eaton acquired Cooper Industries plc in November 2012. The 2012 revenue of the combined companies was $21.8 billion on a pro forma basis. Eaton has approximately 103,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit .

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