Warren B. Kanders
Warren B. Kanders, our Executive Chairman, has served as one of our directors since June 2002 and as Executive Chairman of our Board of Directors since December 2002. Since 1990, Mr. Kanders has served as the President of Kanders & Company, Inc., a private investment firm principally owned and controlled by Mr. Kanders, which makes investments in and provides consulting services to public and private entities. From January 1996 until its sale to BAE Systems plc on July 31, 2007, Mr. Kanders served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, and from April 2003 as the Chief Executive Officer, of Armor Holdings, Inc., formerly a New York Stock Exchange-listed company and a manufacturer and supplier of military vehicles, armored vehicles, and safety and survivability products and systems to the aerospace and defense, public safety, homeland security, and commercial markets.
Mr. Kanders received an A.B. degree in Economics from Brown University. Based upon Mr. Kanders’ role as Executive Chairman of the Company, service as a chairman and a director of a wide range of other public companies, financial background and education, as well as his extensive investment, capital raising, acquisition and operating expertise, the Company believes that Mr. Kanders has the requisite set of skills to serve as a Board member of the Company.
John C. Walbrecht
John C. Walbrect has served as the president of the Company since October 2017, and president of Black Diamond Equipment since October 2016. Before joining the Company, Mr. Walbrecht served as the president of Mountain Hardwear from March 2016 to October 2016. Prior to Mountain Hardwear, Mr. Walbrecht served as the president and CEO of Fenix Outdoors NA from January 2012 until March 2016. Mr. Walbrecht has also served in various senior roles with Brandbase, Spyder, Dr. Martens/Airwair, and Timberland. Mr. Walbrecht holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Brigham Young University, a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from the University of Maryland and understudies in International Trade and Finance at Cambridge University - Trinity College.
Aaron J. Kuehne
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Aaron J. Kuehne has served as chief operating officer since January 2022 and as executive vice president since March 2021. Prior to becoming COO, Mr. Kuehne served as CFO, secretary, and treasurer of Clarus from 2013 – 2021. Since joining the Company in 2010, he has also held the roles of Chief Administrative Officer, interim CFO, and vice president of finance. Prior to Clarus, Mr. Kuehne served as the corporate controller of Certiport from August 2009 to September 2010 and worked at KPMG LLC from July 2004 to August 2009. Mr. Kuehne graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from University of Utah – David Eccles School of Business in 2002 and with an M.B.A. degree from University of Utah – David Eccles School of Business in 2004. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 2005.
Michael J. Yates
Chief Financial Officer
Michael J. Yates has served as Chief Financial Officer of Clarus since January 2022. Mr. Yates has nearly 35 years of financial management, executive leadership, accounting and M&A experience. He joined Clarus from IDEX Corporation (NYSE: IEX), a S&P 500 diversified engineered products company. At IDEX, he held multiple accounting and financial executive leadership positions, including serving as chief accounting officer, a role which he held from 2010 – 2021. Other positions Mr. Yates held at IDEX included interim CFO and corporate controller. Prior to IDEX, Mr. Yates worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG. He is a certified public accountant and received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Indiana University.