David Peckinpaugh Named President and CEO of Maritz Holdings

Currently the head of Maritz Global Events, Peckinpaugh is the first person outside of the Maritz family to lead the 127-year-old global motivation and events firm.

David Peckinpaugh, Maritz Holdings' new president and CEO

Meetings and incentive industry veteran David Peckinpaugh has been named president and CEO of Maritz Holdings, effective Jan. 1.

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Peckinpaugh currently serves as president of Maritz Global Events, one of Maritz Holdings’ core business units, and will retain that position, along with new duties that include guiding the company’s overall business strategy and ensuring performance and operational excellence across the Maritz portfolio. 

He succeeds Steve Maritz, who has served as CEO and chairman of his family’s company for nearly 25 years, and will now become executive chairman of Maritz Holdings, which includes two additional units, Maritz Motivation and Maritz Automotive.

The executive leadership change marks a shift for the company, which had previously been managed at the top level by the Maritz family. Steve and sons Ted, Willie and Jack will remain active shareholders and members of the company’s board of directors.

In announcing the move, Steve Maritz said, “I’ve been proud to be a steward of this great company for 25 years. It was here a long time before me, and it will be here a long time after me. I believe it’s my responsibility to leave Maritz better than it was when I took over, and I think I’ve done that.”

He added, “David has proven himself to be an incredible leader. He delivers results. He builds a great culture. He’s a strong operator and well respected — both internally and externally.” 

According Peckinaugh, “Maritz is an incredible company that has reinvented itself and persevered to weather every single storm it's faced, and there is nothing but opportunity on the horizon. We’ve led the markets we serve for years — automotive, events, employee recognition, loyalty and incentives markets — and we will continue to outpace our competition with solutions designed and delivered using the latest in behavioral science, design thinking and data-driven insights.”

The rest of the company’s executive leadership team — Rick Ramos, CFO and co-president, Maritz Motivation; Steve Gallant, general counsel and co-president, Maritz Motivation; and Jeff Kellstrom, president of Maritz Automotive — will remain intact.