Po­laris In­dus­tries Inc. Hires Ken­neth J. Pu­cel

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Po­laris In­dus­tries Inc. Hires Ken­neth J. Pu­cel as New EVP of Op­er­a­tions, En­gi­neer­ing, and Lean Ac­cel­er­at­ing Po­laris’ Evo­lu­tion into Highly Prof­itable, Cus­tomer-Cen­tric Lean En­ter­prise

MIN­NEAPO­LIS (Oc­to­ber 3, 2014) – Po­laris In­dus­tries Inc. (NYSE: PII) to­day an­nounced that it has hired Ken­neth J. (Ken) Pu­cel to fill its newly formed Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent of Op­er­a­tions, En­gi­neer­ing, and Lean po­si­tion. Ken cur­rently serves as EVP of Global Op­er­a­tions, Qual­ity, and Tech­nol­ogy for Bos­ton Sci­en­tific Cor­po­ra­tion (“BSC”), and is ex­pected to start with Po­laris in late-Novem­ber, 2014.

“Dur­ing a stel­lar 25 year ca­reer with BSC, Ken es­tab­lished a track record of con­sis­tently de­liv­er­ing sig­nif­i­cant re­sults in a com­plex global busi­ness,” said Scott Wine, Po­laris Chair­man and CEO. “He is known for his de­ci­sive lead­er­ship and team-first at­ti­tude, and has re­peat­edly dis­played those traits while driv­ing in­no­va­tion and im­prove­ment in prod­ucts and pro­cesses. Ken has a wealth of prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence in de­sign­ing and im­ple­ment­ing Lean op­er­a­tions that pro­duce mean­ing­ful, last­ing re­sults in safety, qual­ity, de­liv­ery, and cost re­duc­tion, which will be in­valu­able as he spear­heads our charge to­ward be­com­ing a cus­tomer-cen­tric Lean en­ter­prise.”

Ken will be re­spon­si­ble for all as­pects of Po­laris manufacturing op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing pro­duc­tion, qual­ity, sup­ply chain, lo­gis­tics and in­ven­tory for Po­laris’ 12 global fac­to­ries. The role also over­sees Po­laris en­gi­neer­ing, R&D, and Lean en­ter­prise func­tions. He will re­port di­rectly to Scott Wine.

“Po­laris has be­come ex­po­nen­tially more com­plex in re­cent years, and as we progress to­ward our $8B sales goal, this com­plex­ity es­ca­la­tion is only go­ing to ac­cel­er­ate,” said Ben­nett Mor­gan, Po­laris Pres­i­dent and Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer. “With his ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence and broad skill set, Ken will be a pow­er­ful force sup­port­ing both our con­tin­ued growth and our progress to­ward be­com­ing great at op­er­a­tions and Lean.”

Ken brings in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence from Bos­ton Sci­en­tific Cor­po­ra­tion, a $7B+ com­pany with 23,000 em­ploy­ees and a global pres­ence en­com­pass­ing over 100 coun­tries. In his cur­rent role Ken man­ages BSC’s 16 global manufacturing fa­cil­i­ties and nu­mer­ous dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ters, lead­ing over 12,000 em­ploy­ees in more than 40 coun­tries, while also own­ing the R&D and Qual­ity func­tions.

Ken, his wife Amy, and their three chil­dren live in Min­nesota. He is a knowl­edge­able and pas­sion­ate con­sumer of Po­laris prod­ucts who cur­rently owns eight Po­laris ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing a vin­tage Sno-Trav­eler. About Po­laris® Po­laris is a rec­og­nized leader in the pow­er­sports industry with an­nual 2013 sales of $3.8 bil­lion. Po­laris de­signs, en­gi­neers, man­u­fac­tures and mar­kets in­no­va­tive, high qual­ity off-road ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing all-ter­rain ve­hi­cles (ATVs) and the Po­laris RANGER® and RZR® side-by­side ve­hi­cles, snow­mo­biles, mo­tor­cy­cles and on-road elec­tric/hy­brid pow­ered ve­hi­cles. Po­laris is among the global sales lead­ers for both snow­mo­biles and off-road ve­hi­cles and has es­tab­lished a pres­ence in the heavy­weight cruiser and tour­ing mo­tor­cy­cle mar­ket with the Vic­tory and In­dian Mo­tor­cy­cle brands. Ad­di­tion­ally, Po­laris con­tin­ues to in­vest in the global on-road small elec­tric/hy­brid pow­ered ve­hi­cle industry with Global Elec­tric Mo­tor­cars (GEM), Goupil In­dus­trie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and in­ter­nally de­vel­oped ve­hi­cles. Po­laris en­hances the rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with a com­plete line of Po­laris En­gi­neered Parts, Ac­ces­sories and Ap­parel, Klim branded ap­parel and ORV ac­ces­sories un­der the Kolpin and Cy­cle Coun­try brands.

Po­laris In­dus­tries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Ex­change un­der the sym­bol “PII”, and the Com­pany is in­cluded in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price in­dex. In­for­ma­tion about the com­plete line of Po­laris prod­ucts, ap­parel and ve­hi­cle ac­ces­sories are avail­able from au­tho­rized Po­laris deal­ers or any­time at www.po­laris.com.

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