Music Inc Magazine May 2024

With a degree in nuclear engineering, experience in leading digital businesses and a gigging cover band all on his resume, Guitar Center’s new CEO Gabe Dalporto looks to blend his background with his passion to lead the MI giant into the future.


W hen Gabe Dalporto was named Gui- tar Center’s new CEO in October 2023, it was truly a full-circle moment. While Dalporto spent most of his career running digital businesses, his roots are in music — even shopping the aisles of Guitar Center in his youth alongside his

father, who was a musical force in Dal- porto’s childhood. “I remember going into Guitar Center with my father and being blown away by all the gear,” he recalled. “My dad’s eyes would light up, and we would just totally geek out on the equipment.”

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