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Toro Company appoints Richard M. Olson as CEO

Toro CompanyThe Toro Company, a manufacturer of turf maintenance equipment, elected Richard M. Olson to the position of president and chief executive officer from November 1, 2016.

Mr. Olson, a 30-year veteran of the company, has served as Toro’s president and chief operating officer since September 2015 and was elected to the company’s board of directors in January of this year.

Mr. Olson joined Toro in 1986 as a manufacturing process engineer. He has held various positions in operations and engineering including manager of advanced manufacturing, commercial engineering program manager, director of Shakopee plant operations, and managing director of northern manufacturing operations.

In 2010, Mr. Olson was named general manager of Exmark and was appointed vice president, Exmark in 2012. The following year he was named vice president, international business before being elected group vice president, international business, micro-irrigation business and distributor development in June 2014.

Toro’s current chairman and chief executive officer, Michael J. Hoffman, will continue to serve as chairman of the board.

Mr. Hoffman joined Toro in 1977 and served the company in various service, sales and marketing roles before holding a series of key executive positions across the company’s commercial and residential businesses.

Mr. Hoffman was elected president in October 2004, chief executive officer in March 2005 and chairman of the board in March 2006.

He has served on the board of directors of Donaldson Company, Inc. since 2005. He also currently serves on the board of overseers of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.


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