The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, December 04, 2019 1:00 am

Owner to head Shindigz

Moyle returns after leaving CEO position 5 years ago

LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette

The longtime former CEO of Shindigz, one of the world's largest online providers of party supplies, is taking the helm again.

The Fort Wayne-based company Tuesday announced Shep Moyle, who owns Shindigz with his wife, Wendy, will assume the new role effective immediately.

Moyle was chief executive for more than 25 years but left day-to-day management five years ago to serve as chairman of the board and pursue outside interests.

A widely known business leader, Moyle was selected as a Fellow in the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative. He moved to Boston to study across all Harvard graduate and undergraduate programs and to work on a project to “change the world,” a news release from Shindigz said.

Moyle's project focus has been to “disrupt the process of medical research” at academic medical centers and to transform the “bench to bedside” process to reduce the time and cost of bringing life-saving cures to patients, the release said. Moyle and his wife are continuing that effort with a “breakthrough start-up research initiative” to help cure pediatric brain tumors in collaboration with Duke University and the University of California San Francisco.

He also spent time as a trustee at Duke University while serving as president of the university's Alumni Association Board of Directors, leading the board to a new strategic plan, new technology platform and construction of a $35 million Alumni and Visitor Center in Durham, North Carolina.

Shindigz's headquarters are in downtown Fort Wayne, but it still has South Whitley operations with 250 employees.

“I am excited and energized to return to the leadership of this amazing team and company,” said Moyle, 57, a former chairman of the Young Presidents Organization, an international group now called YPO. 

Former Shindigz CEO Dan Haight, who had also served as a board member, is returning to his home in Wisconsin and pursuing new interests, Moyle said in an emailed response to questions.

Moyle said in a statement that his company's move to downtown fueled his “passion for the opportunities” ahead. “These are exciting times and we have an incredible team, and I am all about bringing more talent into our team to help us make life more fun and simplify the spectacular for busy moms across the country.”

The downtown headquarters employs 65, but is growing, he said, with 10 open positions in areas such as web development, graphic and product design, data science and marketing channel managers.

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