By MEG GODLEWSKI
Alan Klapmeier, Chairman and co-founder of Cirrus Design Corporation has announced the promotion of Brent Wouters to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Wouters currently occupies the post of President and Chief Operating Officer of Cirrus Design. From 2002 to 2008 he served as the company’s vice president and chief financial officer.
Wouters begins is new role in the company in February of 2009.
According to Klapmeier, “For some time now much of my effort and energy has been focused on important aspects of Cirrus outside of day?to?day operations in Duluth. In addition to the strategic direction of the company, I continue to be very involved in wider efforts to promote growth in General Aviation as well as spending even more time within the Cirrus customer community to learn how we can better serve current and future Cirrus owners.”
Klapmeier adds that Wouters’s transition to CEO was part of Cirrus efforts to develop the management team.
“It also reaffirms out long-term commitment to our customers, to our employees, to our vendors and government partners and to our shareholders. With both broad and in-depth experience in business and aviation, Brent will continue to build upon Cirrus’ strong success to date in his new role.”
Prior to joining Cirrus, Wouters was the Chief Financial Officer of International Payment Services, where he was instrumental in completing 11 acquisitions. He also has experience as an aircraft engineer. He holds an MBA from Georgia State University and an MS in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University and a BA in Math and Physics from Iowa’s Graceland University
Alan Klapmeier will continue to serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directions of Cirrus and Dale Klapmeier remains as Vice Chairman.