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Arctic Cat employee steps down after four decades

May 19, 2009
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Ole Tweet, general manager of Arctic Cat’s ATV division, is retiring to have more personal time. Tweet has been with the company for more than 40 years, stated Arctic Cat in a press release.

Tweet’s long-term dedication and contributions to the company played a significant role in Arctic Cat’s success, says Chris Twomey, chairman and CEO of Arctic Cat.

“We’re a company blessed with many dedicated, passionate people,” Twomey said in the release, “and Ole would be the first to deflect any personal praise and say that he was just one of many. But I’m here to tell you that Ole has truly been one of the most influential and important. I’m not shocked that he wants to reduce his professional responsibilities, but I’d be lying if I said this change will be easy for him or his many friends at Arctic Cat, including me.”

Tweet’s career at Arctic Cat began in 1977 and reflects his considerable engineering and marketing skills, with titles that include head of engineering (1978-1981), vice president of marketing (1983-1992), vice president of new product development (1992-2008) and most recently as general manager of ATV.

While Tweet is stepping down from his role as general manager of the ATV division, he isn’t stepping away from Arctic Cat. He will continue to have an active role representing Arctic Cat in industry associations and corporate governance.

“I’ve enjoyed a great career, working alongside remarkable people, to help grow an incredible Minnesota-based company,” said Tweet in the release. “I’m ready to throttle back my workload and responsibility to focus more on my family. But I’m not walking away from Arctic Cat, and the company will progress forward with strong leadership and innovative talent.”

Arctic Cat President and COO Claude Jordan will take over as interim general manager of the ATV division.

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