Titleist hires industry vet for club R&D

Senior writer

The Acushnet Co. has hired longtime Cleveland Golf executive Dan Stone to lead research and development efforts for its Titleist club business.

A former engineer who joined Cleveland in 1991, Stone had been serving as its vice president of R&D since 1998. He will the same title at Titleist and report directly to Jeff Harmet, president of Cobra and Titleist Golf Clubs.

During his tenure at Cleveland, Stone was instrumental in developing key products that spurred that brand’s significant growth, according to officials at Acushnet, which owns the Titleist, FootJoy, Cobra and Pinnacle brands.

A 1985 graduate of Pacific University in Stockton, Calif., where he earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, Stone worked in the aerospace industry for six years as an engineer scientist for McDonnell Douglass. In 1993, he received a masters in business administration from Pepperdine University in Malibu.

Stone replaces Scott Burnett (who left Acushnet to pursue other interests) and will re-locate to Carlsbad, Calif., site of Titleist’s club operations.

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John Steinbreder is a Golfweek senior writer. To reach him e-mail

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