Robert Maxfield has been appointed deputy chief executive of the PGA. The 48-year-old steps up from his position as the organisation’s Joint Chief Operating Officer - Property and Commercial Director, and he will succeed Sandy Jones in the top job after this year’s Ryder Cup match at Hazeltine.
“I am extremely honoured and proud to accept this new position and look forward to becoming the next chief executive of the PGA,” said Maxfield, above, who joined the PGA in 2006.
“Whether it is coaching the world’s best players, managing golf facilities or encouraging the next generation of golfers our members play a vital role in the management and development of the game.
“Throughout the history of the association, PGA members have had to adapt to many changes, challenges and opportunities.
“I look forward to working alongside Sandy and then as chief executive to continue to support all our members and ensure they remain, as they have done since the PGA was formed in 1901, at the heart of the game.”
David Murchie, Chairman of the PGA, added: “Rob has an unwavering passion and understanding of all aspects of the game and an extremely broad knowledge of all matters relating to the business of the PGA.
“It has always been a key objective of the board to have a managed transition to our next chief executive. Having Rob working alongside Sandy will ensure this smooth transition takes place.”
Meanwhile, Dr Kyle Phillpots, who has led in establishing the PGA’s world-recognised training programme, also has a new role within the organisation. He has been named PGA Executive Director for Education & Global Development.