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Published March 13, 2013, 02:01 PM

Former intern named Cirrus Aircraft president

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A former intern has worked his way up the ranks to become president of Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft.

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A former intern has worked his way up the ranks to become president of Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft.

Patrick Waddick was named president of the airplane manufacturer Tuesday. Waddick, 47, started with Cirrus 25 years ago as an intern.

Cirrus co-founder and CEO Dale Klapmeier tells the Duluth News Tribune "it's the perfect time" for Waddick to take over.

The president's position has been open since September 2011, when former CEO and president Brent Wouters left the company. Klapmeier succeeded Wouters as CEO.

Klapmeier had tapped Waddick, the company's chief operating officer, for the president's position months ago. But he waited until Cirrus' Generation Five series of revamped SR-22 and SR-22T models that can seat five people was successfully launched before making the appointment official and public.

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