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John Olson named as VP and general manager for Polaris defense business

Polaris IndustriesPolaris Industries Inc., a manufacturer of snowmobiles, ATV, and neighborhood electric vehicles, announced the hiring of John M. Olson as VP and general manager for Polaris defense.

Mr. Olson joins Polaris from Sierra Nevada Corporation, where as Vice President of their Space Systems business he was responsible for space-exploration systems, including the innovative Dream Chaser reusable spacecraft.

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Altogether, Mr. Olson has 28 years’ experience in DoD/USAF, NASA, and White House public service, including 12 years at the Pentagon, as well as 3 years’ executive leadership in private industry.

He is also a veteran with active service in multiple conflicts, including overseas and wartime support during conflicts in the Gulf, Bosnia/Kosovo, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.

Mr. Olson holds a BS degree in Engineering Science and Mechanical Engineering from the Air Force Academy, dual M.S. degrees in Material Science, Engineering, and Avionics from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Auburn University.




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