Alan Klapmeier, Chairman of Cirrus Design Corporation, today named Brent Wouters to the post of Chief Executive Officer effective February 1, 2009. Currently President & Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Wouters had served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cirrus from early 2002 until March 2008.
Alan Klapmeier noted, “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.”
"In that light” Klapmeier continued, “Brent’s transition to CEO continues our efforts to build a strong and capable management team. It also reaffirms our long‐term commitment to our customers, to our employees, to our vendor 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.”
Alan Klapmeier, who founded Cirrus along with his brother Dale, will continue to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cirrus and Dale remains Vice Chairman. As its Chief Executive since inception, Alan guided Cirrus from its modest beginnings in 1984 through the development and production of the industry‐leading SR20 and SR22 piston aircraft. Today the SR22 is the world’s best selling aircraft model and it has held that position for nearly seven consecutive years.