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MasterCraft COO resigns

MasterCraft said it accepted the resignation of chief operating officer Shane Chittum, effective April 1.

MasterCraft said it accepted the resignation of chief operating officer Shane Chittum, effective April 1.

Chittum, who joined the company in June 2011, is leaving to pursue another business opportunity, the company said.

MasterCraft also said it promoted director of manufacturing Larry Janosek to vice president of operations. Janosek will assume Chittum’s operational duties. The company said it will not fill the COO post at this time.

“We’d like to thank Shane for his commitment to operational excellence and establishing best practices in manufacturing,” MasterCraft president and CEO Terry McNew said in a statement. “His efforts have helped transform MasterCraft into an elite, leading-edge North American manufacturer. Shane has built a very skilled team and leaves the company with a strong foundation for continued operational excellence and profitable growth.”

“Furthermore, we’re excited to announce the promotion of Larry to vice president of operations,” McNew said. “Larry has worked alongside Shane for the past four years and has been responsible for developing, implementing and managing all areas of manufacturing. He’s a collaborative leader and was instrumental in MasterCraft securing the 2015 IndustryWeek Best Plants award. We look forward to him stepping up and assuming oversight of all operations.”

Janosek joined MasterCraft in March 2012 as the director of manufacturing and has more than 18 years of cross-functional business experience in the automotive industry. Prior to MasterCraft, he was in charge of International Automotive Components’ operations in Madisonville, Ky., as a plant manager and corporate director of North America, materials management.

Janosek graduated magna cum laude from Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, with a bachelor’s degree in business management.

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