Deere Exec New OPEI Chair

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), the an international trade association representing more than 100 power equipment, engine and utility vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, has announced its 2016-2017 officers and board of directors.

Tim Merrett, vice president, Global Platform Turf & Utility, Deere & Co., is the new chair, while the vice chair is Daniel Ariens, chairman & CEO of the Ariens Co. Tom Cromwell, group president–Power, Kohler Co. is secretary/treasurer and Lee Sowell, president – Outdoor Products, Techtronic Industries, N.A., Inc., is immediate past chair.

New directors include: Bjoern Fischer, president, Stihl and Jeff Hohler, president, Consumer Brands Division, Husqvarna Professional Products.

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