Nicklaus Company promotes Stringer, Nicklaus II, O'Brien

Paul Stringer has been elevated from an executive vice president of Nicklaus Companies to President of Nicklaus Design, the company recently announced. The move was part of a broader effort to set in place leadership for the future, and included promotions for Jack Nicklaus II and Andy O'Brien.

“The design business continues to expand in the international markets where we are well positioned to provide the very best in golf course design,” said Stringer, who has been at Nicklaus for 17 years. “The talent we have on the Nicklaus Design team globally is simply without comparison.”

In addition to overseeing the operations of Nicklaus Design, Stringer will lead business development in the active international markets where Nicklaus continues to thrive and add new territories. Stringer will continue to pursue new opportunities for the design company as well as explore a larger role for Nicklaus, including turnkey project management and consulting on various aspects of the overall development. Prior to his role at Nicklaus Design, Stringer served as a leading business development executive with Troon Golf working in the company’s offices in Australia and Arizona. Stringer recently completed a contract for a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, marking the 46th country with a Nicklaus Design golf course.

Jack II, the oldest of Jack and Barbara Nficklaus’s five children, has been responsible for the design of more than 35 golf courses worldwide including 16 co-designs with his legendary designing father, and another 10 currently under construction or development in the U.S., Vietnam, and Indonesia. Jack II is also furthering the legacy his father and family created in Columbus, Ohio, with the Memorial Tournament as General Chairman as well as Chairman of Muirfield Village Golf Club.  

“Jack II is following in his father’s footsteps in a variety of ways and will be a terrific Vice Chairman of Nicklaus Companies,” said John Reese. “Jack not only has a passion for designing golf courses around the world, but also is committed to the long-term success of the company and furthering the Nicklaus legacy.  We are asking Jack II to spend more of his time adding businesses to the Nicklaus Companies.”

O’Brien has been responsible for leading brand development for the company in a myriad of businesses worldwide that generate over $400 million in annual sales through branded consumer products and real estate. 


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