Duluth, Minn. (February 29, 2008) – Cirrus Design Corp., a leading manufacturer of personal aircraft, announced today that it appointed Brent Wouters as President and Chief Operating Officer. Wouters served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cirrus since early 2002.
“We are proud to present Brent with an opportunity that will allow him to utilize his strengths and expertise in both the aviation and financial realms, said Cirrus CEO Alan Klapmeier. “I am confident that his enthusiasm and direction will take Cirrus to the next level of success.”
Wouters has a strong background of financial and aviation industry experience that will contribute to the ongoing growth of Cirrus Design. Prior to his tenure at Cirrus, Wouters served as an aircraft engineer, and spent four years developing and testing flight simulators for Delta Air Lines. He also played a key role as an information technology consultant assisting Lockheed Martin with proprietary inventory management software in their successful bid to build the F-22 military aircraft.
“I am excited to take on a position that will require my specialized abilities in a growing industry,” says Wouters. “I look forward to continuing Cirrus’ commitment to manufacturing the most innovative planes and expanding the scope of our product line.”
In 2007 CIRRUS introduced an impressive four new model aircraft, including the SR22 G3 – CIRRUS’ most advanced aircraft. In June, CIRRUS unveiled The-Jet – the most anticipated aircraft in the company’s history, followed by the announcement of the entry level CIRRUS SRS, which promises to open the industry to a whole new segment of customers. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the historic SR20, the company introduced the 2008 SR20 – Generation Three, a complete redesign nose to tail of the iconic plane that changed the general aviation industry.
CIRRUS is a recognized global leader in the manufacturing of personal aviation aircraft that provide unprecedented levels of performance, quality and safety. Their popular SR20 and SR22 composite airplanes incorporate innovative advanced technologies into their design, including the unique CIRRUS Airframe Parachute System (CAPS™). CIRRUS has a direct sales force in North America with sales centers across South America, Europe, China, Australasia, South Africa, Mexico, and the Caribbean. For additional information on CIRRUS and its products please visit: www.CIRRUSdesign.com