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Polaris names first VP of global safety and quality

Joel Houlton, senior engineering director, has been named vice president of Global Safety and Quality for Polaris. Houlton will dual-report to Scott W. Wine, CEO and chairman, and Ken Pucel, executive vice president — Operations, Engineering and Lean.

Houlton will lead a newly formed organization focused on the safety and quality in Polaris’ design, supplier development, manufacturing and post-sales surveillance processes.

“The safety and quality of our products must be our number one priority as a company,” said Wine. “Joel and his team will have one simple mandate: Do whatever it takes to make Polaris the leader we should be, and that our customers and dealers expect us to be, with respect to safety and quality.”

Houlton joined the company in 2011, and most recently has been leading Central Engineering Operations and Defense Engineering, while serving as the interim leader of the Defense business. Prior to joining Polaris, Houlton gained significant leadership, engineering and quality experience in the aerospace industry, in roles at Honeywell and ATK.


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