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Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR), announces that its Board of Directors accepted with regret the resignation of Stephen L. Sanetti as a Director, President and General Counsel. As previously announced on March 26, 2008, Mr. Sanetti is leaving the Company to become the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Shooting Sports Foundation ("NSSF") on May 1, 2008.
"Steve's life-long experience in the firearms industry, his familiarity of its members and knowledge of its products make him uniquely qualified to lead this industry as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the NSSF," said Ruger CEO Michael Fifer. "While we will miss Steve's passion for firearms and his camaraderie at Ruger, we will share in the industry's good fortune of having Steve at the helm of the NSSF," Fifer concluded.
In addition, the Company announces that Kevin B. Reid, Sr. has been promoted to the position of Vice President and General Counsel. Mr. Reid joined Ruger in 2001 and, until 2007, served as Assistant General Counsel. In June 2007, Mr. Reid was named Director of Marketing and was responsible for the oversight of day-to-day marketing activities, including the highly publicized launches of two new successful Ruger products: the SR9, which is the first striker-fired semi-automatic pistol offered by Ruger, and the LCP, the Lightweight Compact Pistol.
"Kevin has been a valuable member of the management team, and his expertise, work ethic, keen eye and fresh approach to problem solving make him uniquely well suited for the role of General Counsel," commented Company CEO Michael O. Fifer. "What is more, his recent experience in Marketing will prove invaluable as he works to assess and balance the needs of the business with the myriad of laws regulating our industry," Fifer concluded.
Prior to joining Ruger, Mr. Reid was a partner at the law firm Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon in Chicago, Illinois, where he specialized in product liability defense. Mr. Reid is a member of both the Illinois and Connecticut Bars, and participates in a number of attorney organizations including the Product Liability Advisory Council, the Defense Research Institute, and the American Corporate Counsel Association.
Mr. Reid received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Akron, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Washington & Lee University School of Law. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1980-1984.
About Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. With products made in America, Ruger offers consumers almost 800 variations of more than 40 product lines, across both the Ruger and Marlin brands. For more than 70 years, Ruger has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. Our motto, "Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens®," echoes our commitment to these principles as we work hard to deliver quality and innovative firearms.
The Company may, from time to time, make forward-looking statements and projections concerning future expectations. Such statements are based on current expectations and are subject to certain qualifying risks and uncertainties, such as market demand, sales levels of firearms, anticipated castings sales and earnings, the need for external financing for operations or capital expenditures, the results of pending litigation against the Company, the impact of future firearms control and environmental legislation, and accounting estimates, any one or more of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publish revised forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date such forward-looking statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of subsequent unanticipated events.
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