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Duluth-based Cirrus announces change in leadership

Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft announced today that it is undergoing a change of leadership. A statement issued this morning said Brent Wouters, Cirrus' prior president and CEO, "is no longer with the company." No further explanation was provided. ...

Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft announced today that it is undergoing a change of leadership.

A statement issued this morning said Brent Wouters, Cirrus' prior president and CEO, "is no longer with the company." No further explanation was provided.

Dale Klapmeier, who founded Cirrus with his brother, Alan, has been named to succeed Wouters as CEO.

A statement issued by 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."

In June of this year, China Aviation Industry General Aircraft purchased Cirrus.

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Cirrus assembles the best-selling four-seat airplane in the world, the SR22, at its plant in Duluth. The company also is working to develop its first jet aircraft.

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