August 1, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin -
Alan Klapmeier's efforts to take over the
Cirrus Design SJ-50 Vision jet program officially ended on Friday, but
other investors may now be interested in taking a stake in Cirrus and its
jet, Cirrus Design CEO Brent Wouters told EAA AirVenture Today today.
"The punch line is, we have had
multiple inquiries from parties that, because of (the negotiations with
Klapmeier) said 'I want to be part of this company,' and these are
companies with the financial wherewithal to do so," Wouters said.
"We had unsolicited offers, and early discussions have come out of
this, and we're going to explore those."
Wouters, who replaced Klapmeier as CEO in
February, described the early discussions with these potential investors
as "very promising." But "it's too early to say" when
or if discussions might come to fruition, Wouters said.
Klapmeier has served as Cirrus chairman
since stepping down as CEO, but that role will also change as a result of
a board decision, Wouters said.
"(Alan) was notified he would no
longer be chairman of the board as of August," Wouters said.
Outside sources confirmed that the company
had received inquiries from other potential investors and that Klapmeier
would be stepping down as board chairman.