MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII), announced with great sorrow that board member William G. Grant Van Dyke passed away on Sept. 5, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. Van Dyke served with distinction Director on the Polaris Board since 2006, Chairing the Audit Committee and working as a member of the Compensation Committee.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Bill Van Dyke,” said Scott Wine, Chairman and CEO of Polaris. “Having previously served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Donaldson Company Bill’s contributions to the Polaris Board were invaluable.”
Van Dyke brought a breadth of management experience to the Polaris Board having previously served as Chairman of the Board of Donaldson Company, Inc. from 2004 until his retirement in 2005, and Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Donaldson Company from 1996 to 2004.
“Our Board will miss Bill’s fiscal acumen and financial reporting oversight, but the most profound loss will be the absence of his friendship and guidance for those of us fortunate enough to have known him,” said Wine. “On behalf of the entire Polaris Industries family we are grateful for the time and talent Bill devoted toward Polaris’ growth, and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his loved ones.”
Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2013 sales of $3.8 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.
Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian Motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered Parts, Accessories and Apparel, Klim branded apparel and ORV accessories under the Kolpin and Cycle Country brands.
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.
Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.