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Board Chair Frederick Brightbill Appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer
Terry McNew Steps Down as President and Chief Executive Officer
VONORE, Tenn., Oct. 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc. (MCFT) (the “Company”), parent entity of MasterCraft, NauticStar and Crest, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed current Board Chair, Frederick A. Brightbill, as Interim Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Brightbill’s appointment follows Terry McNew’s decision to step down as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the Company to pursue an opportunity outside of the boating industry. Brightbill is expected to serve until the Company completes a search and appoints a new Chief Executive Officer.
“On behalf of the Board and the entire organization, I would like to thank Terry for his leadership, steadfast dedication and service to MasterCraft over the past seven years,” said Brightbill. “I am excited to take on the role of Interim CEO and work alongside MasterCraft’s long-tenured, industry-veteran leadership team and seasoned and dedicated employees responsible for driving the Company’s culture of innovation, operational excellence and continuous improvement.”
Brightbill, a boating industry veteran, is a Principal of Brightbill Advisors, a management consulting firm, and has served as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since 2009. He previously served as Principal at Vantage Development and JB Acquisitions. Prior to that, Brightbill served as President of the Aluminum Boat Group at Brunswick Corporation and in 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 and received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
While Brightbill assumes the role of Interim CEO effective immediately, McNew will remain with the Company through November 8 to ensure a seamless transition. The Company’s Board is engaging an executive search firm to assist in finding a permanent successor to McNew.
Concluded Brightbill, “As a Board, we’re confident in the Company’s ability to continue to perform through this transition and we remain bullish on the long-term prospects of both the markets we serve and the brands we own. We look forward to updating you on our progress during our fiscal 2020 first-quarter earnings call on November 7th.”
About MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc.
Headquartered in Vonore, Tenn., MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc. (MCFT) 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. For more information about MasterCraft Boat Holdings, and its four brands, visit: Investors.MasterCraft.com, www.MasterCraft.com, www.NauticStarBoats.com, www.CrestPontoonBoats.com, and www.AviaraBoats.com.
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MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc.
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