FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 17, 2010
Manager – Marketing Communications
(AUGUSTA, Ga.) — Chris Spencer has joined E-Z-GO, a Textron (NYSE:TXT) company, as vice president, engineering. Spencer comes to E-Z-GO from its sister Textron company Bell Helicopter, where he served as chief engineer for military programs.
At E-Z-GO, Spencer will be responsible for the entire engineering function, including design of new vehicle platforms, support and refreshment of existing product lines, manufacturing engineering, and design and development of E-Z-GO Genuine Parts and Accessories. He will manage E-Z-GO’s engineering teams in Augusta, Ga. and Bangalore, India.
Spencer had a 23-year career at Bell Helicopter, working in numerous leadership positions in the company’s civilian business and military programs. He most recently served as chief engineer for military programs, overseeing all of Bell Helicopter’s programs for the U.S. armed forces, including the V-22 Osprey, a tiltrotor, vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft designed and built in partnership with The Boeing Company, and the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, an armed reconnaissance helicopter used by the U.S. Army to support ground forces.
Spencer holds a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
“Chris has extensive experience in strategic planning, product design, research and development, production, quality, safety and field service,” said Kevin Holleran, president of E-Z-GO. “He has a stellar track record of leading complex projects and large, diverse engineering teams in order to deliver world-class products that exceed customer expectations.
“His engineering leadership, expertise and experience will help E-Z-GO develop new vehicles, and enhance existing products, to expand into more markets and better serve our customers.”
“I am excited to join E-Z-GO as the company extends its reach into new markets with new products that will redefine the company and its future,” Spencer said. “I look forward to leading the design and development of the next generation of E-Z-GO vehicles.”
For more information about E-Z-GO and its complete line of golf and light-transportation vehicles, visit www.ezgo.com. To follow E-Z-GO news, events and announcements on Facebook, join the E-Z-GO community at www.facebook.com/4ezgo.
E-Z-GO, a Textron Inc. company, is a leading manufacturer of golf cars, utility and personal transportation vehicles. Products sold under the E-Z-GO brand include RXV® and TXT® fleet golf cars, Freedom® RXV and Freedom TXT personal golf cars, ST personal utility vehicles, Shuttle personnel carriers, and MPT turf-maintenance vehicles. E-Z-GO also produces the Cushman® line of heavy-duty material carriers.
E-Z-GO is the preferred golf car fleet provider for many of the world’s most revered golf courses, clubs and resorts. E-Z-GO is also the golf car of choice of nine of the nation’s ten largest course-management companies. E-Z-GO boasts the largest sales and service network in the industry, with more factory branch locations and independent distributors than any other manufacturer of golf cars and utility vehicles.
Founded in 1954 in Augusta, Ga., E-Z-GO became part of Textron Inc. in 1960.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron in known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.