POLARIS NAMES JIM
WILLIAMS AS VICE PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
MINNEAPOLIS (January 20, 2011) — Polaris
Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today named
Jim Williams as vice president of human
resources. Williams has an extensive human
resources background, with top-level experience
at Fortune 400 companies. Williams will be
responsible for Polaris’ global human resource
sourcing and will play a large role in the
company’s international growth plans.
“Jim is a world-class human resources
professional with broad experience globally
inclusive of acquisitions and joint ventures,”
said Scott Wine, chief executive officer,
Polaris Industries. “Jim brings more than
25 years of experience in human resources, much
of it at the executive level, to Polaris.
He will play an integral role as we continue to
shape Polaris’ future as a global powersports
Williams is succeeding John Corness who, after
12 years of developing a top tier human
resources team, has decided to move into a
part-time role that allows him more flexibility.
“John has been a big part of the success of this
company in his time here, helping us steer
through many changes during our growth,” Wine
said. “His every-day presence will be
missed, but we look forward to him continuing to
provide strong counsel, based on his extensive
experience, through this transition and beyond.”
For the past five years, Williams oversaw a
global workforce at Cooper Industries, where he
was accountable for 28,000 people in 60 nations.
During his time with Cooper Industries, Williams
designed and implemented the company’s first
human resources agenda, specifically to support
Cooper’s long-term growth goals, while also
leading structural and procedural process
Prior to that, Williams led human resource
efforts at Danaher Corporation, a $10 billion
global industrial conglomerate. In this role he
completed a thorough restructuring of Danaher’s
entire HR organization, improving procedures and
processes at both a corporate and operating
The bulk of Williams’ experience was gained
during more than a decade with Honeywell, Inc.
He began his career there leading human
resources at the site-level in Lawrence, Kansas;
at the time of his departure he reported
directly to the senior VP of Human Resources and
Communications for the $31 billion Corporation.
While with Honeywell, he led a series of
strategic executions to overhaul talent
management and human resource operations,
establishing many best practices for the
company’s Human Resources division.
Williams holds a B.S. from Cornell University
and an M.B.A. from Washington University in St.
Louis, Mo. He currently serves on the
board of directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
With annual 2009 sales of $1.6 billion, Polaris
designs, engineers, manufactures and markets
off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain
vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER™,
snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for
recreational and utility use and has recently
introduced a new on-road electric powered
neighborhood vehicle. Polaris is a recognized
leader in the snowmobile industry; and one of
the largest manufacturers of ORVs in the world.
Victory motorcycles established in 1998 and
representing the first all-new American-made
motorcycle from a major company in nearly 60
years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads
into the cruiser and touring motorcycle
marketplace. Polaris also enhances the riding
experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris
apparel, accessories and parts, available at
Polaris dealerships. Polaris Industries Inc.
trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the
symbol “PII,” and the Company is included in the
S&P MidCap 400 stock price index. Information
about the complete line of Polaris products,
apparel and vehicle accessories are available
from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from
the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.