Winnebago Industries Inc. announced that its board elected Steve Dummett as vice president of product development and Bret Woodson as vice president of administration. The Forest City, Iowa-based company reported in a news release that the posts will become effective Jan. 10, 2015, and Jan. 17, respectively.
Dummet, 59, is a 36-year company veteran who brings extensive design experience to his new position in which he will be responsible for motorized product development and related activities. His duties will include product design and engineering, as well as implementation and distribution of product information.
Dummett began his career at Winnebago as a detail draftsman, and has worked as a product designer, project engineering coordinator and most recently as design engineering manager. He earned an associate of arts degree in industrial education from Waldorf College, Forest City, and attended Winona State University in Minnesota with a major in industrial technology. Dummett will replace William O’Leary who retires on Jan. 9 after serving the company for 42 years.
Woodson, 44, brings over 22 years of business and human resources experience. Prior to joining Winnebago, Woodson served as vice president of human resources for Corbion, formerly Caravan Ingredients of Kansas City, Kan., and also previously worked as director of human resources for Sara Lee in Roseville, Minn. He received a bachelor’s from St. Mary’s University and a master’s from Hamline University, both based in Minnesota, for public administration. He will replace Robert Gossett, who will retire on Jan. 16 after 16 years of service with Winnebago.
“We welcome Bret to Winnebago and Steve to his new role, as well as congratulate Bob and Bill on their well-earned retirement,” said Winnebago Chairman CEO and President Randy Potts. “We were very fortunate to find great talent from both inside and outside the Company to fill these very important positions. We look for Bret and Steve to continue to help us drive positive change and further growth for Winnebago.”