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Ms. Ellen as Arctic Cat Parts, Garments & Accessories Div GM

Dec '07
Arctic Cat Inc announced that Mary Ellen Walker has joined the company as General Manager (GM) of the parts, garments and accessories (PG&A) business, as well as companywide sales. Arctic Cat's PG&A business, with more than $100 million in revenues, represents approximately 13 percent of the company's net sales. Walker reports directly to CEO Christopher Twomey.

"Mary Ellen's proven expertise in global business development and brand management make her a great fit with Arctic Cat," said Twomey. "As general manager of PG&A and companywide sales, Mary Ellen will play a key role in re-invigorating the growth of our business and further leveraging our efficiency. We are excited to have Mary Ellen on board and look forward to her contributions."

Walker brings more than 25 years of business experience from the 3M Company. Her career at 3M Company has spanned key assignments in general management, marketing, sales, and global business development.

Most recently, Walker was general manager of 3M's Building Safety Solutions Division, where she successfully re-engineered a portfolio of businesses and grew revenues to nearly $200 million through increased market penetration, overseas expansion, repositioning key products, and launching new products and programs.

Prior to that, Walker served as business director of 3M's Promotional Markets for the company's global $100 million custom-printed Post it Notes business. She also led the global growth of the 3M insulation "Thinsulate" business for the apparel industry, expanding internationally and entering new markets, such as automotive and appliances.

Said Walker: "I'm excited by the opportunity to help Arctic Cat achieve its strategic goals and grow sales. The company has a strong brand, market leadership position and reputation for offering high-quality, innovative products."

Walker earned an MBA from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She also received a bachelor's degree from the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.

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