May 14, 2007 – Polaris makes international division changes

Seeking to grow its worldwide business, Polaris Industries Inc. appointed Truis Tvete to the company’s international division, according to a news release.
Tvete, who began his career with Polaris as general manager of Polaris Scandinavia in 2002, will eventually assume full responsibility for the international division, aggressively pursue growth opportunities and manage relationships with subsidiaries and distributors around the world, according to the release.
“We’re confident Truis is the leader for this important position and that he will use his track record of success to propel our international business to the next level,” said Polaris CEO Tom Tiller.
Tvete will initially report to Mark Blackwell, who will continue as vice president of Victory Motorcycles and international operations. Blackwell will transition responsibilities to Tvete during the next 12 to 18 months. Blackwell says Tvete’s appointment will allow him to focus more on the day-to-day operations for
Victory, while giving Polaris a full-time leader for its International Division.
“During much of the last year-and-a-half, while I was responsible for both the Victory and Polaris International businesses, I had the support of Allan Hurd in the general manager’s role for Victory,” Blackwell said. “Allan took care of much of the day-to-day Victory business, which gave me some time to work on international. However, since Allan became general manager of Polaris Powertrain, I have been running both businesses, and I really need to give additional time and attention to Victory. Appointing Truis to general manager for International is an important move in several ways: it gives us a full-time leader of our international business for the first time in two years, and it shows a real commitment to making our company more globally focused.”
Other appointments in the international division include Einar Wangen, promoted to general manager for Northern Europe, and Sean Bagan, promoted to international projects manager. Ross Clifford will join Polaris in May as general manager for Polaris Britain Ltd. psb

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