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Former Fleetwood Enterprise Inc. executive Charles E. Lott has been named vice president of the company’s Housing Group, replacing Roger L. Howsmon, who stepped down in late March.
Lott, 57, originally joined Fleetwood in 1970 and most recently served as the housing division’s executive in charge of the Eastern region from 1997 until his retirement in 2002.
It marks the second high-level appointment where Fleetwood has turned to a retired executive. In early March, Elden Smith took over as president and CEO for the Riverside, Calif., manufactured housing and recreational vehicle builder.
“Charley is a well known and a respected leader in the housing industry,” said Smith. “He brings a wealth of knowledge back to Fleetwood, and we believe his experience and strong leadership skills will enable him to make an immediate positive impact. I have tremendous respect for Charley and was pleased to find that he was eager to rejoin Fleetwood.”
The news is the latest in a series of moves since Smith’s hiring following significant losses reported in the company’s fiscal third quarter. On April 5, Fleetwood announced it would be selling the financial and retail arms of its manufactured housing business, while continuing its manufacturing operations.