Taylor Guitars Names Barbara Wight CFO
Taylor Guitars co-founders Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug have announced the appointment of Barbara Wight as Chief Financial Officer. In her new role, Ms. Wight is responsible for the financial, information systems and legal interests of the company and will report to Kurt Listug, CEO.
“We are very grateful for the expertise and leadership that Barbara brings to the table,” said Listug. “Not only does she have a proven track record of growing businesses and managing capital structures, but she also has a depth of financial experience that will be invaluable in helping Taylor achieve our continued growth objectives."
Ms. Wight says she is excited to join the company. “From its humble beginnings as a two-man shop, to its present day status as a major manufacturer of one of the world’s best selling guitar brands, Taylor is at a very important stage in its evolution,” she shared. “I look forward to helping the company achieve its full market potential."
Ms. Wight joins the company from T-Systems International, Inc., a global manufacturer of irrigation solutions, where she was Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer. During her 18-year tenure, Ms. Wight was responsible for all manufacturing, global supply chain, financial, administrative and legal matters on behalf of the company. She was instrumental in developing operational strategies for product development, quality assurance, human resources and information technologies. In 2008, the company was acquired by John Deere Water Technologies. At this time, Ms. Wight joined the new company as a member of the John Deere Water Technologies Global Executive Leadership Team.
Currently, Ms. Wight represents the City of San Diego as a Director of the San Diego County Water Authority and serves on the Audit Committee, Imported Water Committee, as well as the Administrative and Finance Committee of the Board of Directors.
Ms. Wight is a Certified Public Accountant and a Graduate Fellow of the California Agricultural Leadership Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, magna cum laude, from San Diego State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University.