Circor announces CEO transition

CIRCOR International, Inc. “CIRCOR” (NYSE: CIR), a leading provider of severe service flow control solutions and other highly engineered products for markets including industrial, aerospace, and defense, today announced that the Board of Directors and Scott Buckhout, President and Chief Executive Officer, have mutually agreed that Mr. Buckhout will step down as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. The Board also announced that Aerospace & Defense Group President Tony Najjar has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer and named interim President and Chief Executive Officer. The Company has selected a leading executive search firm to identify a permanent President and Chief Executive Officer.
“Today’s announcement reflects the Board’s commitment to unlock the potential of CIRCOR and accelerate progress on our strategic priorities,” said Chair Helmuth Ludwig. “With over thirty years of experience in the industry, Tony is a proven leader and the right choice to serve as our COO and to lead as interim CEO. We are confident in our path forward and ability to generate long-term value for our employees, customers, suppliers and shareholders.”
Ludwig continued, “On behalf of the Board, I would also like to thank Scott for his many contributions to CIRCOR and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
As CIRCOR’s newly appointed Chief Operating Officer, Tony Najjar will be responsible for executing CIRCOR’s strategic priorities across all operations and will oversee performance for the Industrial and Aerospace & Defense segments. Mr. Najjar brings deep expertise and over 30 years of industry experience, holding leadership positions across engineering, sales, and general management. Prior to serving as Group President of Aerospace & Defense, Mr. Najjar served as Vice President and General Manager of CIRCOR Aerospace. Mr. Najjar joined CIRCOR in 2015 as Group Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Before joining CIRCOR, Mr. Najjar held several leadership roles at Rockwell Collins and Kaiser Aerospace, including Business Development and M&A, as well as serving as General Manager of ElectroMechanical Systems. Prior to that, Mr. Najjar was the Vice President of Product Development at Kaiser Electroprecision. He earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, and an MBA from Pepperdine University in California.

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