OSHKOSH, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), a leading designer and manufacturer of specialty vehicles, vehicle bodies and access equipment, announced today that Joseph H. (“Jay”) Kimmitt, Executive Vice President, Government Operations, plans to retire effective December 31, 2018. Additionally, Thomas P. Hawkins has joined the organization as Senior Vice President, Government Relations.
Mr. Hawkins has 29 years in government service, most recently as the National Security Advisor with the Office of the Senate Republican Leader, Mitch McConnell. Tom has many years of experience on national security matters including defense, foreign policy, homeland security, counterterrorism and intelligence. He has worked extensively with the Armed Services, Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Homeland Security and Intelligence Committees of both Houses of Congress as well as the White House and Executive Branch agencies on legislative, policy and other national security items.
Prior to his role as Senator McConnell’s National Security Advisor, Tom served as a senior Professional Staff Member on the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, as well as the Subcommittee on Defense. Tom is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and has a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College and Master of International affairs from Columbia University.
“We are honored that someone with Tom’s background is joining our organization in such a critical role,” said Wilson R. Jones, Oshkosh Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer. “Tom’s extensive experience on Capitol Hill and working with the Administration is invaluable and we are excited to welcome him to the Oshkosh Family. We have strong relationships with our trusted government officials thanks to the hard work of Jay and his team. We wish Jay well in his retirement and thank him for his commitment to Oshkosh Corporation.”
Mr. Kimmitt’s retirement comes after more than 17 years leading the Government Operations team for the Oshkosh Corporation family.
About Oshkosh Corporation
Founded in 1917, Oshkosh Corporation is more than 100 years strong and continues to make a difference in people’s lives. Oshkosh brings together a unique set of integrated capabilities and diverse end markets that, when combined with the Company’s MOVE strategy and positive long-term outlook, illustrate why Oshkosh is a different integrated global industrial. The Company is a leader in designing, manufacturing and servicing a broad range of access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency, military and specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®.
Today, Oshkosh Corporation is a Fortune 500 Company with manufacturing operations on four continents. Its products are recognized around the world for quality, durability and innovation and can be found in more than 150 countries. As a different integrated global industrial, Oshkosh is committed to making a difference for team members, customers, shareholders, communities and the environment. For more information, please visit: www.oshkoshcorporation.com.