Enstrom Helicopter announces changes to leadership
June 7, 2018 By Helicopters Staff
Tracy Biegler of Enstrom Helicopter Corporation is stepping down as CEO and president of the company to pursue other opportunities. Biegler leaves the company on a high note, explains Enstrom, with large sales contracts in Pakistan and the Czech Republic.
“I feel confident the company is an excellent position, and I look forward to watching it grow,” said Biegler.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Biegler started his career at Boeing where he worked as a flight-test engineer and on the B2 stealth bomber program. He joined Enstrom in 2003 as an engineer and quickly rose to director of sales where he led some of Enstrom’s biggest programs to date in Thailand, Japan, and Peru.
After serving as the company’s VP, Biegler was elected to CEO and President in 2014. His tenure comprised of some of the most profitable years in Enstrom history, explains the company, and he was instrumental in returning Enstrom to the status of a mainstream helicopter manufacturer.
“Everyone at Enstrom greatly appreciates everything Tracy has done for the company,” said Gong Wei, chairman of the Enstrom Board of Directors. “Tracy’s dedication to the company is unquestioned, and his leadership will be missed. We wish him well on his next endeavors.”
Biegler will be replaced by Matthew Francour, who will be taking the position of Interim CEO and president while a replacement is sought. Francour is a 40-year veteran of Enstrom, having started in the engineering department in 1978. From there he moved on to lead the planning department, and most recently has been the director of manufacturing.
“We have complete confidence in Matt as a leader for the team at Enstrom,” said Gong. “He has the full support of the Board and the Enstrom team, and we all look forward to helping him grow the company.”
Enstrom has filled two additional executive positions. Stephanie Bergstrom has been appointed as the CFO for Enstrom. Bergstrom graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a Bachelor in Business Administration degree with a major in Finance and most recently obtained a Master in Business Administration degree.
She joined Enstrom in 2014 as a senior accountant and was promoted to controller in 2017 after the prior CFO’s departure.
In addition, Dennis Martin has taken over leadership of the Sales & Marketing department. Martin graduated from Michigan Tech University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After working in the auto industry, and in retail, he joined Enstrom in 2007 as a salesperson.
At Enstrom, Martin worked in various positions in the sales and engineering departments before being elevated to the sales Manager in 2015. He is a commercial fixed-wing pilot and a rotary-wing pilot, as well as an FAA licensed A&P Mechanic.
“With Stephanie and Dennis, I think we have put together an excellent leadership team, and I look forward to working with them,” commented Francour.