Nautic Global Group, Elkhart, IN, has named Michael A. Kitson Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Bob Moran who will continue with the company as a Board Member.
Formerly the company's Chief Financial Officer Kitson has over 20 years of leadership experience in both public and private manufacturing companies. Before joining Nautic Global in 2010, Kitson was president of Utilimaster Corporation, a commercial vehicle manufacturer.
Moran leaves his executive role with Nautic Global to pursue new opportunities closer to his home and family in Texas but will remain with Nautic Global as a member of the company's board of directors.
“I am honoured and excited to deepen my commitment to Nautic Global,” said Kitson. “Under Bob's leadership, and thanks to our dedicated workforce and our supportive dealer community, Nautic Global weathered the economic downturn and has a strong financial footing. I look forward to leading Nautic Global to its next stage of growth.”
Kitson outlined his future plans for the organization. “As part of our growth strategy, we will focus on investing in affordable boats to get more families on the water, including in new products for both the Godfrey and Rinker lines. Nautic Global's focus always has been on providing quality boats that our customers want, and I am committed to working with our clients and dealers to ensure we continue raising the bar and exceeding expectations.”
Mr. Moran commented, “With Nautic Global in a strong and stable position, with positive customer response to our new Rinker introductions, and with Mike having proven himself to be the leader we wanted when we recruited him last year, now is the right time for this succession. I am proud of all the Company has accomplished over the past few years, and I look forward to continuing my board level involvement with Nautic Global.”