Polaris Hires New VP of Operations

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Polaris Industries, Inc. today named Wes Barker as VP of Operations, a role Jeffrey Bjorkman is leaving May 1. Bjorkman served in the role since July 2000.

“Wes will play a key role in developing an ever-improving culture at Polaris while overseeing the manufacturing plants and managing relationships with suppliers around the world,” says Bennett Morgan, president and COO, Polaris Industries.

Barker joins Polaris from Hubbell, Inc. where he was VP, Global Operations, Hubbell Lighting Division, a $1 billion worldwide division that manufactures indoor and outdoor lighting and controls. In that position, he managed 4,400 people and all aspects of operations, including managing plants, manufacturers abroad, distribution centers, product engineering and technical applications.

Before joining Hubbell, Barker worked at Ingersoll-Rand Inc. for 11 years in a number of senior positions. In his last position at Ingersoll-Rand, he was director of Air Solution Global Operations, Industrial Technologies Sector, where he managed 10 plants worldwide and 2,600 associates supporting $1.25 billion in revenue.

He also led an initiative at Ingersoll-Rand to develop lean operating policy deployment roadmaps for all functions and integrated the policy within Ingersoll-Rand’s operating system.

Prior to his tenure at Ingersoll-Rand, Barker was a process engineering manager for the Manufacturing Department, Specialty Materials Division for Tosoh Inc., a Japanese manufacturer of high purity thin film materials for the computer industry.

A recreational product enthusiast and former motocross racer, Barker will relocate with his family to the Twin Cities in the near future.