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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.
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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.

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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