Starrs joins the entertainment franchisor from his previous role as global CEO for Pizza Hut.
Topgolf Entertainment Group, an international golfing venue franchisor, has announced the appointment of Artie Starrs as its new CEO, effective April 5, 2021.
Starrs will succeed current CEO Dolf Berle, who previously announced his plans to pursue leadership roles outside of Topgolf after successfully leading the team through the combination with parent company Callaway Golf Company, which also owns the likes of Odyssey, OGIO, and TravisMathew.
“We are thrilled to have Artie join Topgolf as he leads the company, together with the team, on its continued journey of accelerated growth,” said Callaway president and CEO, Chip Brewer. “I am confident Artie’s leadership, track record of driving a global brand with a focus on operations and franchising, and digital transformation experience will add great value to the innovative team at Topgolf.”
Starrs most recent role before joining Topgolf was global CEO for Pizza Hut, where he oversaw 18,000 locations across 110 countries. He has also previously been president of Pizza Hut U.S., and before this, Starrs served as chief financial officer for Rave Cinemas.
“I am deeply honored and excited to be joining Topgolf as CEO. This opportunity marries my passion for the hospitality business with my lifelong love for the sport of golf,” said Starrs. “I could not think of a better time to join this brand, with so much momentum as we head into the future. I’m looking forward to joining the more than 18,000 Topgolf team members to build on their incredible business success and powerful culture.”