Dale Klapmeier Replaces Wouters as Cirrus CEO
September 19, 2011 – Cirrus Aircraft announced Monday that Co-Founder Dale Klapmeier has been named Chief Executive Officer, replacing President/CEO Brent Wouters, who was described in the news release as “no longer with the company.”
In a company press release, Klapmeier said, “At Cirrus, we are passionate about airplanes and flying, and I am passionate about this company. Along with our new owners, our commitment is stronger than ever to the same goals and ideals that we had when we started the company more than 25 years ago. And that goal is to make the dream of flight a reality for more people, both in the U.S. and around the world. Today we are at the beginning of the next chapter of the reinvention of personal transportation.”
Cirrus was acquired by Chinese aircraft manufacturer CAIGA in June this year.
“The timing of this transition was not unexpected,” said Todd Simmons, Cirrus EVP of sales and marketing. “The executive leadership team and the parent company board of directors both support this decision.”
Klapmeier will appear at a press conference Thursday at the AOPA Aviation Summit in Hartford, Connecticut, slated to begin at 9:30 a.m.
Wouters joined Cirrus Aircraft in April 2002 as executive vice president and chief financial officer, then president and chief operating officer in 2008. He became CEO the following year.