– USA, NT – MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCFT), the parent entity of MasterCraft, NauticStar and Crest, today announced that its Board of Directors has named current Board Chair and Interim CEO, Frederick A. Brightbill, as the Company’s new permanent CEO, effective immediately. Brightbill assumed the role of Interim CEO following Terry McNew’s resignation in October 2019.
Concurrently, Roch Lambert, CEO of Curt Group, an automotive product aftermarket manufacturer and distributor, was named as Lead Independent Director of MasterCraft’s Board of Directors. He has served on the Company’s Board since 2016. Lambert has held many positions in the recreational boating industry, including CEO of Rec Boat Holdings and various positions with Bombardier U.S. Inc.
Said Lambert, “On behalf of the Board and the entire organization, I’m excited to announce that Fred is assuming leadership at MasterCraft. After reviewing the business and in discussions with the Board, it was clear that Fred possesses the intimate Company knowledge, deep industry experience and leadership skills to grow and advance MasterCraft. Together with the Company’s long-tenured leadership team, and seasoned and dedicated employees, we’re confident that he will continue to drive MasterCraft’s culture of innovation, market leadership, operational excellence and continuous improvement.”
About Fred Brightbill
Brightbill, a boating industry veteran, has served as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since 2009, and was elected Chairman in 2015 concurrent with MasterCraft’s Initial Public Offering. Previously, he formed the Brunswick Corporation Aluminum Boat Group and has held various leadership roles at Mercury Marine, including President of the Outboard Business Unit and Integrated Operations Division. He graduated with a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with high honors and received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Said Brightbill, “I’m humbled and honored to take on the CEO role at MasterCraft. This is a great Company with a revered legacy in the performance sport boat industry. Throughout the organization, we remain bullish on the long-term prospects of both the markets we serve and the brands we own. I look forward to taking MasterCraft to the next level in its evolution.”
About MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc.
Headquartered in Vonore, Tenn., MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc. is a leading innovator, designer, manufacturer and marketer of recreational powerboats through its four brands, MasterCraft, NauticStar, Crest and Aviara. Through these four brands, MasterCraft Boat Holdings has leading market share positions in three of the fastest-growing segments of the powerboat industry – performance sport boats, outboard saltwater fishing and pontoon boats – while entering the large, growing luxury day boat segment.
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