In 1976, Craigie Zildjian joined her father (Armand) and grandfather (Avedis III) in the family business. This was the first time three generations of Zildjians would work side by side in the family cymbal business. In another first, Craigie became the first woman to be appointed CEO of the company in 1999. Since then the company has experienced unprecedented growth strengthening its position as the global market leader in cymbals while becoming the largest drumstick manufacturer in the world through a merger with the Vic Firth Company.
As a result of her commitment to education, Craigie initiated the Avedis Zildjian Percussion Scholarship program (in memory of her grandfather), the Kerope Zildjian Concert Percussion Competition and the Armand Zildjian Artist In Residence Program at Berklee College of Music. She has sponsored the Zildjian Family Opportunity Fund (administered through the Percussive Arts Society) as well as the Zildjian Percussion Facility at Berklee College. Zildjian is also a Gallery sponsor of the Museum of Making Music and the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ.
In 1998, in celebration of the Zildjian Company's 375th Anniversary, Craigie developed the American Drummers Achievement Awards, honoring the great legends of the drum set. The event, held at Berklee College of Music, was hosted by Bill Cosby and paid tribute to Louie Bellson, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones and Max Roach. For the Company's 380th Anniversary in 2003, Steve Gadd was honored with the ADAA. In 2008, the event moved to London, to honor Ginger Baker for the Company's 385th Anniversary.
An active member in the musical community, Craigie has served on the Board of Directors for the International Music Products Association (NAMM), the Board of Advisers of the International Association of Jazz Educators and the Board of Overseers at New England Conservatory. Currently, she Chairs the Zildjian Board of Directors and is a Trustee Emeritus of the Berklee College of Music.
Craigie holds a Masters of Education degree from Boston University, a Masters degree in Human Resources Management from American University and has completed the Owners Management Program at the Harvard Business School. In 2013, Zildjian was recognized as the 4th Largest Minority/Women-Owned Businesses in Massachusetts.
She has a daughter, Samantha, who holds a business degree from Babson College and is currently a Supply Chain Supervisor at Keurig Green Mountain Coffee.