Forest City, Iowa – November 1, 2017 – Winnebago Industries (NYSE: WGO) announced today that it has hired Stacy Bogart to assume the role of Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, effective January 2nd, 2018. In addition, Bogart will also become President of the Winnebago Industries Foundation, the Company’s philanthropic entity. Bogart will report directly to President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael Happe, and be based in the Company’s Eden Prairie, Minnesota office. She will be responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction for all corporate legal, governance, ethics, compliance, government relations, and giving activities. As an officer, Bogart will also be a member of the executive leadership team and contribute fully to the formation of Winnebago Industries’ future goals and business strategies.
Bogart has most recently served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Compliance Officer, Corporate Secretary at Polaris Industries where she joined in November 2009. Previously, Bogart was General Counsel of Liberty Diversified International; Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at The Toro Company; and a Senior Attorney for Honeywell Inc. Bogart received both her undergraduate and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.
“As we continue to transform Winnebago Industries into a stronger player within the outdoor lifestyle arena, I am thrilled to welcome Stacy to our executive leadership team,” said Happe. “Stacy has a tremendous track record in leading legal teams within diversified, growing durable goods public companies and has played a critical role in helping to create scalable, profitable strategies at the enterprise level. Her strong experience in the areas of corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, ethics, and compliance are especially notable and will be key as we achieve our future growth and profit objectives. We also very much look forward to Stacy leading our Winnebago Industries Foundation as the Company makes giving overall, financially and through employee volunteerism, a higher cultural priority. We welcome Stacy to the Winnebago Industries team.”
Bogart will succeed previous Winnebago Industries General Counsel, Scott Folkers, who has agreed to stay within the Company’s legal department in a new role.
About Winnebago Industries
Winnebago Industries is a leading U.S. manufacturer of recreation vehicles under the Winnebago and Grand Design brands, which are used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities. The Company builds quality motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth wheel products. Winnebago has multiple facilities in Iowa, Indiana, Oregon, and Minnesota. The Company's common stock is listed on the New York and Chicago Stock Exchanges and traded under the symbol WGO. Options for the Company's common stock are traded on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. For access to Winnebago's investor relations material or to add your name to an automatic email list for Company news releases, visit http://investor.wgo.net.
Forward Looking Statements
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