Arctic Cat Inc. [on Monday] announced that Christopher J. Eperjesy, 47, will join the company as chief financial officer, effective February 16, 2015. Eperjesy brings 25 years of finance experience to his new role with Arctic Cat, including serving the past 12 years as CFO of a public company. Eperjesy succeeds Timothy Delmore, who retired at the end of December, as planned.
Commented Christopher T. Metz, Arctic Cat’s president and CEO: “After conducting a nationwide search, we are pleased that Chris Eperjesy will be joining us as CFO. Chris is a proven corporate finance leader with deep manufacturing and international experience in the power equipment and automotive industries, as well as retail. He also has a strong background in mergers and acquisitions, which is a new strategic focus for Arctic Cat, as we seek small, bolt-on acquisitions that can expand our capabilities and revenues. We look forward to Chris’ involvement, as we develop and implement our strategic growth plans.”
Since 2002, Eperjesy has been chief financial officer, vice president of finance and treasurer, at Twin Disc Inc., a publicly held company headquartered in Racine, Wis. Twin Disc is an international manufacturer and worldwide distributor of heavy-duty, off-highway and marine power transmission equipment and related products. While there, he was responsible for all public company reporting, finance and internal controls, treasury, IT and legal functions.
Prior to Twin Disc, Eperjesy served as a divisional vice president of corporate finance for Kmart from 2001 to 2002, where he helped build the company’s financial planning and analysis capability. Before that, he spent six years with the Chrysler Corporation/DaimlerChrysler AG in a variety of increasingly responsible corporate finance roles in the United States, Belgium and Germany. He began his career as an accountant, spending five years with Coopers & Lybrand, now PricewaterhouseCoopers, in the firm’s Detroit and Germany offices.
Eperjesy said: “I am excited to join Arctic Cat, which is a strong power sports brand with tremendous opportunities for improved performance. The company’s industry and its financial needs complement my skillset. I’m looking forward to working together with the Arctic Cat team to contribute to the company’s growth goals.”
Eperjesy earned a master of business administration degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. He is a certified public accountant.