Dean Markley, founder of Santa Clara, California-based Dean Markley Strings, has returned to the company as its CEO. Markley retired from the company's day-to-day operations in 2002.
The announcement comes as the company celebrates its 40th anniversary.
Markley started out as a music-store owner who eventually developed and sold cryogenically frozen Blue Steel strings, which became the world's biggest-selling strings. He also created the Voice Box effect pedal used by Peter Frampton in the 1970s.
For more about Dean Markley Strings, visit the company's website.