Today Ruger announced Christopher J. Killoy as their next CEO. He is only the 4th one the company has had in 68 years.
- William B. Ruger (1949 – 2000)
- William B. Ruger, Jr. (2000 – 2006)
- Michael O. Fifer (2006 – 2017)
- Christopher J. Killoy (2017 – present)
Christopher J. Killoy had been promoted to the position of president last year on August 2, 2016. Now he holds CEO status as well. Ruger expanded upon his career leading up to this defining promotion.
During his career, Christopher Killoy has held several leadership roles in the firearms industry. Prior to joining Ruger in 2006, he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Smith & Wesson. Additionally, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Savage Range Systems. Mr. Killoy joined Ruger in November 2006 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer in January 2014. Mr. Killoy is a 1981 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and subsequently served in a variety of Armor and Infantry assignments in the U.S. Army.
Ruger Chairman C. Michael Jacobi made this statement describing Christopher J. Killoy:
Chris Killoy is the perfect choice to be Ruger’s next CEO. His distinguished 30-year career in the firearms industry, including his exemplary service to Ruger for nearly a decade, is a testament to his experience, character and leadership, all of which make him the ideal candidate to lead Ruger.
Christopher J. Killoy expressed his gratitude and prior experiences with now retired CEO Mike Fifer:
I am truly honored to be selected by the Board of Directors to further expand my leadership role with such a fine company. It has been a privilege working closely with and learning from Mike Fifer for over a decade. I am proud of all that we accomplished together and I look forward to the opportunity to take the reins at such an exciting time at Ruger.
Ruger has consistently done well in the past couple years selling across a broad spectrum of firearm configurations from revolvers to rifles to semi-auto pistols to AR-15s. Their new Ruger Mark IV has created a lot of buzz already this year. It will be interesting to see where the new CEO leads the company. Congratulations Christopher J. Killoy!