REV Group recently appointed Ian Walsh to chief operating officer, replacing 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.
“I would also like to thank Tom Phillips for his support of our team through recent leadership transitions,” said REV CEO Tim Sullivan. “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 joins REV Group from Textron 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.
“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,” said Sullivan. “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.”
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. Before joining Textron, he served as an officer and naval aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps.