October 20, 2015 – Motor home manufacturer Winnebago Industries has retained Spencer Stuart to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. The company started searching for a CEO after former chief executive Randy Potts retired in August. Following Mr. Potts leaving the company, Robert Olson took over for about a month. Lawrence A. Erickson, the chairman of the board, is now serving as interim CEO while the board completes its search for a permanent chief.
“Winnebago’s board of directors’ search process is continuing and we are hopeful that the process will be wrapped up in the near future,” said Mr. Erickson.
Winnebago Industries, dubbed as “The Most Recognized Name in Motor Homes,” is a U.S. manufacturer of recreation vehicles, which are used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities. The company builds motor homes, travel trailers, fifth wheel products, and transit buses.
Since 2009, Spencer Stuart’s CEO practice has conducted nearly 1,500 CEO search and succession assignments. Recruiter Jim Citrin leads the firm’s North American CEO sector group.
During his 21 years with the firm, Mr. Citrin has worked with clients on more than 600 CEO, board director, CFO and other top management searches and CEO succession assignments. He has handled a number of high-profile CEO searches including the ones that led to the hiring of Marissa Mayer at Yahoo, Léo Apotheker at Hewlett-Packard, Jack Dorsey at Twitter, and the promotion of Brian Krzanich to CEO at Intel.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media