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REV Group Inc. announced that Ian Walsh has been appointed chief operating officer, effective June 1. According to a press release, Walsh replaces Thomas Phillips, who will remain at the company in an advisory capacity through the end of fiscal year 2018 in order to ensure a smooth transition.

Walsh joins REV Group from Textron Inc., where he most recently served as president and CEO of TRU Simulation and Training. Walsh’s career with Textron began in 1999 at Bell Helicopter and progressed through leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including senior vice president and general manager of Lycoming Engines and senior vice president and general manager of Textron’s Weapon & Sensor Systems business.

REV Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan commented, “Ian’s background in operations will be an important asset to our team as we seek to instill a culture of operational excellence across our company’s diverse and expanding product portfolio. As we continue our transition to an operating company, we’ve begun implementing initiatives to grow the business and deliver ongoing profitability improvements.

“Ian’s oversight will enhance these efforts as we seek to establish firm leadership position in the specialty vehicle industry. Ian’s expertise will add necessary depth and expertise to our management team, and we look forward to his contributions as we pursue our long-term objectives.”

He added, “I would also like to thank Tom Phillips for his support of our team through recent leadership transitions. Since 2015, Tom has been a well-regarded advisor to our management team, and we’re pleased he’s able to support Ian through the remainder of this year. On behalf of our board, our executive leadership, and the entire REV Group team, we are grateful for his contributions and wish him well in his retirement.”

Walsh is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and achieved the prestigious International Shingo Silver Medallion for Operational Excellence for his work at Lycoming Engines. Prior to joining Textron, he served as an officer and naval aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps.

He holds a bachelor’s from Hamilton College, a master’s public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.