Debbie Zildjian joined Zildjian in 1980 as Safety Director, focusing on improving the manufacturing environment. Debbie initiated the company's apprenticeship programs for R&D and other critical craftsmanship positions and was actively involved in the ISO 1001 quality certification in 1995, which was the first time a company in the percussion industry had obtained the prestigious ISO 1001 quality certification. To this day, Zildjian remains the only cymbal company to have received this honor.
She is also responsible for the melting room operation, where copper and tin are combined in a 380-year old ritual to produce the Zildjian secret alloy. This is the first time a woman has been responsible for the company's secret process.
She currently leads the Human Resource Department, serves on Zildjian's Executive Team, and is Vice Chair and Corporate Clerk of the Board of Directors.
She holds a Masters degree in Political Science from Villanova University and has completed the Human Resources Executive program at the Harvard Business School. Additionally, she serves on advisory boards for the South Shore Conservatory, the NAMM Museum of Making, and the Family Firm Institute.