Fleetwood’s Wilkinson Retires; Stays on Board
Motorized manufacturer Fleetwood RV Inc., Decatur, Ind., announced today (March 15) the retirement of CEO Chuck Wilkinson, who co-led the company along with John Draheim, president and COO, since July 2009 when American Industrial Partners Capital Fund IV (AIP) acquired the motorhome business from Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. Wilkinson held key management roles at Fleetwood Enterprises for almost 40 years, and will continue to serve the company as a member of its board. Draheim will take over as CEO and president effective immediately.
“It has been an honor to be a part of the strong team that has worked so hard to preserve the Fleetwood legacy and to take care of our dealers, suppliers and customers during the transition,” Wilkinson said. “I am confident that I am leaving the company in very good hands, and look forward to staying connected as a member of the board.”
“On behalf of everyone at Fleetwood RV, I would like to sincerely thank Chuck for everything that he has done over the past year to help us remain one of the leading brands in the motor home industry,” Draheim said. “His leadership and
operational expertise have been key reasons for the success we have achieved so far, and we are all pleased that he will be a part of the company’s board of directors. On a personal note, I have really enjoyed working side-by-side with Chuck for many years and wish him all the best in his retirement.”
“Together with John, Chuck has helped build a high-caliber team and corporate culture focused on manufacturing quality motor homes,” said John Becker, Fleetwood chairman and managing partner of AIP. “This is one of the many reasons why we are confident Fleetwood RV will continue to be one of the top-selling motor home brands in the industry for many years to come.”