Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) appointed Gwenne Henricks to the Company’s Board of Directors on July 22, 2015. Ms. Henricks is vice president of Product Development & Global Technology and Chief Technology Officer for Caterpillar Inc. Ms. Henricks joined Caterpillar in 1981, and during her thirty-four year career she has held numerous engineering and executive roles progressing in scope and complexity.
“We are very pleased to welcome Gwenne to our Board,” said Polaris Chairman and CEO Scott Wine. “During her exceptional career with Caterpillar, she has developed and mastered a range of skills that will be extremely valuable to Polaris’ ambitious global growth efforts. As technology integration becomes an increasingly important differentiator for many of our products, Gwenne’s background developing customer-vehicle interface software is very much in line with our efforts to create a connected rider. Gwenne also has experience building a global research and development organization, which aligns closely with our efforts to identify and meet the needs of underserved markets as we expand internationally. Gwenne’s counsel and guidance will be instrumental as we continue to strengthen and grow the Polaris brand.”
Ms. Henricks holds a B.S. in physics and Master of Science degree in electrical engineering, both from Bradley University. She also earned an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois. She serves on the Bradley University Engineering Advisory Committee, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Advisory Council and the Conference Board’s Product and Services Development Council.