Edward Hughes

Edward Hughes


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MBA, Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration
Master of Arts, Cambridge University
Bachelor of Arts, Cambridge University

Research Interest


Edward is Chairman & CEO of Aculon, Inc., a leading specialty chemical company that invents and commercializes surface modification treatments at the nanoscale. Aculon works in the electronics, oil & gas, consumer and industrial markets.

Edward has nearly 25 years of experience, including 20 years in senior leadership roles in the Golf and Technology sectors.

Leadership experience:

  • CEO, Aculon                               2008 - Current
  • CEO, PowerMetal                        2004 - 2008
  • SVP/GM, TaylorMade                   2001 - 2004
  • GM/VP, Maxfli Golf                      1996 - 2001        

Turnaround experience:

  • Aculon – Taken technology company from pre-revenue to profitability
  • TaylorMade-adidas Golf – Doubled profitability of North American business in 2 years and grew top line 18%
  • Maxfli – As VP Marketing and then General Manager, turned business from $6 million loss to $6 million profit, then sold business to TaylorMade-adidas Golf
  • Diageo (Pillsbury Company) – Part of team that doubled profitability in 2 years


  • Leadership – Passion for building businesses and leadership teams.
  • Value Creation – Proven ability to analyze businesses, markets, products and growth opportunities, then introduce strategic and tactical solutions to improve performance while increasing revenues and shareholder value. 

Edward serves as President of the Harvard Business School Club and is a former member of the Young Presidents Organization. He earned his Masters Degree from Cambridge University in England and his MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar. Edward also teaches new venture management at the MBA program at University of California, Irvine.