Board of Directors
David W. Miles, a financial adviser, entrepreneur and investor, was elected as Chairman of the Board in June 2019. Mr. Miles is co-founder and Managing Principal of ManchesterStory Group, an early stage venture capital firm, and founder and manager of The Miles Group, LLC, which makes direct and indirect private equity investments. He is also a director and chair of the Audit Committee of Northwest Financial Corporation. Until the company’s sale in March 2020, Mr. Miles was the principal owner of Miles Capital, Inc., an institutional asset management firm serving insurance companies, public bodies, foundations & endowments, and high net worth investors, where he worked for over twenty-three years. Mr. Miles served as Executive Vice President, Principal Mutual Funds, and Executive Vice President, AMCORE Financial, Inc., where he was responsible for asset management, trust, private banking, brokerage, employee benefits and insurance services. During his career, Mr. Miles has served as a director or officer of more than 60 public mutual funds with total assets exceeding $30 billion. Due to Mr. Miles’ vast experience in finance and as an investment advisor, the Board determined that he is an audit committee financial expert. Mr. Miles brings legal and investment transaction experience to the Board. He also brings significant expertise in financial reporting and capital allocation strategy.
Director Since: December 1, 2015
Sara E. Armbruster is Vice President, Strategy, Research and Digital Transformation for Steelcase Inc., a global office furniture manufacturer, a position she has held since March of 2018. Armbruster has held several leadership positions since joining Steelcase in 2007 as Vice President of Corporate Strategy. As her role increased in scope and complexity, she added responsibility for a range of innovation activities, including technology product development, design research, investment in external growth opportunities, and development of new business models. Before joining Steelcase, Ms. Armbruster was Vice President of Business Development at Banta Corporation, a contract printing company. Ms. Armbruster brings substantial experience in strategy, innovation, information technology, and digital transformation to our Board. As a senior executive of a public company with primary responsibility in these areas, she provides valuable strategic insights and expertise with respect to growth opportunities for the Company and areas of critical business innovation.
Director Since: December 18, 2019
Maria F. Blase currently serves as President of the Power Tools and Lifting businesses of Ingersoll Rand, a global industrial manufacturing company. Ms. Blase has more than 28 years of experience with diverse industries, including transport, buildings, services, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and mining. After joining Ingersoll Rand in 1999, she was promoted to global financial roles of increasing importance, including chief financial officer of the $8 billion Climate Solutions sector. In 2013, she was named President of the HVAC and Transport Latin America business of Ingersoll Rand, and in late 2017 she assumed her most recent role. Ms. Blase is a CPA and her previous experience includes various positions at KPMG LLP from 1993 to 1999 in increasing scope and complexity. Due to Ms. Blase’s relevant experience in finance, accounting and controls, the Board determined that she is an audit committee financial expert. Ms. Blase brings to the Board extensive experience in international, strategic planning, acquisitions and driving business growth.
Director Since: September 1, 2018
Christopher J. Braun has over 30 years of leadership experience encompassing manufacturing, finance and sales. Most recently, he was self-employed as a management consultant from 2014 through February 2020. He founded Teton Buildings in 2008 and held the position of CEO through 2013. His previous experience includes CEO of Teton Homes, Executive Vice President - RV Group at Fleetwood Enterprises and various senior management positions within PACCAR Corporation, a manufacturer of Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks. As a recognized leader in the RV industry, Mr. Braun provides keen insights to the Board. His prior experience in the RV industry, combined with his vast manufacturing background and his role as a former CEO make him well-positioned to critically and thoughtfully review and guide the Company’s strategy.
Director Since: December 1, 2015
Robert M. Chiusano has served as a principal in RMC Consulting, LLC, a company focused on leadership development and operational excellence, since 2007. Mr. Chiusano previously served as Executive Vice President and Special Assistant to the CEO and a former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of both the Government and Commercial Systems business segments of Rockwell Collins, Inc. Mr. Chiusano also currently serves as an adjunct professor in the University of Iowa College of Engineering where he has served since 2001 and is a member of the Coe College Board of Trustees where he serves as the Chairman of the College Relations Committee. As the former Chief Operating Officer of both Government and Commercial Systems of Rockwell Collins, Inc., Mr. Chiusano brings senior level business leadership and strategic planning skills and an operating background to the Board. As principal of RMC Consulting, LLC, he also brings leadership development and operational excellence skills to the Board. Mr. Chiusano served as our Chairman of the Board from 2016 to June 2019.
Director Since: October 1, 2008
William C. Fisher was the Chief Information Officer from 1999 until 2007 of Polaris Industries Inc., a manufacturer of power sports products. He was Vice President and CIO from November 2007 until his retirement in February 2015. During his tenure at Polaris, he also served as the General Manager of Service from 2005 until 2014 overseeing all technical, dealer, and consumer service operations. Prior to joining Polaris, Mr. Fisher was employed by MTS Systems for 15 years in various positions in information services, software engineering (applications and embedded control systems), factory automation, vehicle testing, and general management. Before that time, Mr. Fisher worked as a civil engineer for Anderson-Nichols and he later joined Autocon Industries, where he developed process control software. Mr. Fisher’s experience as CIO at Polaris Industries has provided substantial experience with information technology and cybersecurity issues. His experience as an engineer and in executive positions in service and consumer service operations provides valuable insight for our customer service function as well as relationships with channel partners. His familiarity with highly discretionary consumer products is a key asset as we focus on improved service and operational efficiency.
Director Since: May 1, 2015
Michael J. Happe joined Winnebago in January 2016, as the President, Chief Executive Officer and a director. Mr. Happe has transformed the company into an outdoor lifestyle company. Under his leadership, Winnebago has completed three major acquisitions, including Grand Design, Chris-Craft, and Newmar. He previously worked at The Toro Company, a manufacturer of turf maintenance equipment and irrigation system supplies, where he most recently served as an Executive Officer and Group Vice President of Toro’s Residential and Contractor businesses, until 2015. A 19-year veteran of Toro, he held a series of senior leadership positions throughout his career across a variety of the company’s domestic and international divisions. Mr. Happe’s knowledge of all aspects of the business as CEO and his drive for excellence position him well to serve on the Board. His extensive experience and positions rising in complexity and breadth at Toro, including global business affairs, brings further expertise in corporate leadership and development and execution of business growth strategy.
Director Since: January 1, 2016
Mr. Moss is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI), a public company manufacturer of everyday leading basic apparel with annual revenues of more than $5 billion. Moss has served as CFO since 2011. Since joining HanesBrands in 2006, he has also held the positions of Chief Treasury and Tax Officer and Treasurer. Prior to joining HanesBrands, Moss served as CFO of Chattem, Inc. He was also previously Vice President and Treasurer of Sealy Corporation and Group Treasurer for Ansaldo STS.
Director Since: February 1, 2017
John M. Murabito has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Cigna Corporation, a health services company, since 2003. His other Human Resources leadership roles have included Chief Human Resources Officer at Monsanto Company and Group Vice President, Human Resources for Frito-Lay, Inc., a division of PepsiCo. Mr. Murabito is a Fellow and Chair of the National Academy of Human Resources, a Member of the Boards of Trustees of the Human Resources Policy Association and the American Health Policy Institute, and serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees for Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Mr. Murabito brings strong executive leadership and talent management expertise to our Board as a senior executive of a public company. He provides valuable insights on human capital, executive compensation, leadership development and succession planning to the Board.
Director Since: April 1, 2017
Mr. Happe was appointed to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Happe served as an Executive Officer and Group Vice President of Toro’s Residential and Contractor businesses. During his 19 years at Toro, he held a series of senior leadership positions across a variety of the company’s domestic and international divisions.
Mr. Bhattacharya has served as a Vice President of Winnebago Industries since June 1, 2016. He was named Senior Vice President in September of 2020 and assumed added responsibility for Enterprise Marketing at that time. Prior to joining Winnebago Industries, Bhattacharya was Vice President, Strategy, Alliances & Internet of Things (IoT) for the Sensing & Productivity Solutions division at Honeywell. Prior to that role, Bhattacharya was Vice President, Global Marketing & Business Development for the Sensing & Control division. Before joining Honeywell, he was employed with Moog, Motorola and Bain & Company in a variety of roles including a role with Moog as Group Vice President – Global Marketing.
Ms. Bogart serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Corporate Responsibility and joined the Company on January 2, 2018. Prior to joining Winnebago Industries, Bogart was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Compliance Officer, Corporate Secretary at Polaris Industries where she joined in November 2009. Previously, Bogart was General Counsel of Liberty Diversified International; Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at The Toro Company; and a Senior Attorney for Honeywell Inc.
Mr. Bower has served as President, Winnebago Outdoors since October 12, 2020. Prior to joining Winnebago Industries, Mr. Bower spent more than 15 years in brand leadership and executive roles at Brunswick Corporation, a global leader in the marine industry. Most recently as President, Boat Group, Bower was responsible for that organization’s portfolio of iconic boat brands including Sea Ray, Boston Whaler and Lund, among others. During this time, he gained significant portfolio management experience, accelerated the growth of the boat business, strengthened dealer relationships, and created innovative, high performing teams.
Mr. Clark has over 30 years of successful RV industry experience with a proven track record of leading and growing companies throughout the industry. Don’s history includes: distressed company turnarounds, successful startups, and growing people and businesses. Prior to co-founding Grand Design, Don was named President and successfully led the turnaround of a struggling Thor division. Don’s experience also includes being part of the owner/management team that helped drive Keystone RV Company to become the largest Towable manufacturer in the world. Most recently, Don recruited and built the team that led Grand Design RV to become one of the fastest growing RV manufacturers in the history of the industry.
Mr. Hazelton was elected Vice President & General Manager – Motorhome Business effective August 2016. In September of 2020, he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Winnebago-brand RVs with responsibility for all customer facing areas related to Winnebago branded motorhome and towable products. Prior to joining Winnebago Industries, Mr. Hazelton was Chief Executive Officer of Schwing America, Inc. Prior to his time at Schwing, Hazelton worked for Terex Corporation and Detroit Diesel Corporation in various Vice President roles.
Mr. Heese has been with Chris-Craft since January 2001. Prior to Chris-Craft, Steve spent twelve years at Erico International Corporation in a variety of roles, including Managing Director of the Europe, Asia and Australia regions, President of Erico Products Australia Ltd., and Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for Erico Fastening Systems. Steve also spent three years at Price Waterhouse in Tampa as a member of the management consulting group.
Mr. Hughes has served as Chief Financial Officer, since May 15, 2017. Prior to joining Winnebago Industries, Mr. Hughes spent more than 25 years in financial leadership roles, including the past 20 years at Ecolab, Inc., a global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services. Most recently, Mr. Hughes was the Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller. He was previously Ecolab's Vice President of Finance for the company's Global Institutional business.
Mr. Koneru has served as Vice President, Information Technology at Winnebago Industries since July 20, 2020. Prior to joining Winnebago Industries, Mr. Koneru was Area Vice President, IT & Digital Strategy, at Xcel Energy where he successfully led a major ERP rollout across the entire enterprise and the deployment of digital tools to drive business transformation. Prior to his role with Xcel Energy, Sri spent 15 years with Target Corporation in Solution Delivery and Portfolio Management roles, overseeing business process automation, monitoring a key global ERP implementation and translating business strategies into technology roadmaps.
Matt Miller is the President of Newmar Corporation, where he has been since 1992. Matt is the Chairman of the RV Technical Institute Board of Directors, on the RVDA/RVIA Certification Governing Board and is Former Chair of Standards and Strategic Planning Committee. Matt has also served as a chairman on the Nominating Committee (2012). His other service activities include serving as a current member of the RVDA RV Learning Center Board; former member of the RV Safety and Education Foundation Board and The Crossing Schools.
Mr. West serves as Senior Vice President of Operations and joined the Company on September 26, 2016. Prior to Joining Winnebago Industries, West was Vice President of Global Supply Chain for Joy Global, a worldwide mining equipment manufacturer. Prior to that position he was Vice President of Manufacturing at Joy Global. Other positions West has held include Director of Manufacturing for AGCO Corporation, an agricultural equipment manufacturer and Director of Operations for the Nordam Group, a manufacturer of aircraft interiors.
Mr. Woodson serves as Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Relations and joined the Company in January 2015. Prior to joining Winnebago Industries, Mr. Woodson had over 22 years of business and human resources experience with Corbion, formerly Caravan Ingredients, Sara Lee Corporation and the City of Prior Lake, Minn.