OSHKOSH NAMES URIAS PRESIDENT OF DEFENSE SEGMENT
Retired U.S. Army major general with 31 years of military service joins Oshkosh
OSHKOSH, Wis. (Oct. 7, 2011) – Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) announced today that John M. Urias has joined the company as executive vice president and president, Oshkosh Defense. Urias will lead all aspects of the company’s global defense segment, including all tactical wheeled vehicle programs, new product development, vehicle life-cycle sustainment and aftermarket services.
“We are pleased to welcome John to Oshkosh Corporation to lead our Defense segment,” said Charlie Szews, Oshkosh Corporation president and CEO. “John brings more than 31 years of distinguished military service to the helm of our Defense business. His extensive military and corporate experience will guide the continued success of our current military programs, while fostering strategies for future military programs around the globe.”
Urias is a former Army major general. Before retiring from the Army, he served as commanding general of the Joint Contracting Command – Iran/Afghanistan (JCC-I/A) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Through his leadership, he was credited with establishing a highly successful process for contracting operations in a combat environment. His additional Army experience includes serving as the program executive officer of Air, Space & Missile Defense and deputy for systems acquisition at the Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM).
Prior to joining Oshkosh, Urias worked for Raytheon Company, where he most recently served as vice president of programs for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. In this role, he served as an advisor with senior international and domestic government officials. He also identified and developed new business opportunities, supported international business efforts and was a key participant in national theater and security programs.
Urias holds a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of California, Davis.
About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, SMIT™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com.
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