Oregon Tool appoints Elliot Zimmer CEO

Elliot Zimmer

Oregon Tool has announced that current chief operating officer Elliot Zimmer will be promoted to CEO. Zimmer will succeed Paul Tonnesen, who is stepping down to care for his elderly parents. Tonnesen will serve as an advisor to the company’s board going forward.

Zimmer started as Oregon Tool’s COO in 2022 and brings more than 20 years of experience working in a variety of leadership roles at Lennox International, Dr. Pepper Snapple, McKinsey & Company, and in the United States Army. He has a BS in Systems Engineering from West Point and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

“Oregon Tool has industry leading products, assets, and customers around the world,” says Zimmer. “I’m honored to lead such an exceptionally strong team that is relentlessly focused on delivering exceptional value to our customer partners.”

Zimmer’s appointment will become effective in the next 30 days, the company reports.

“It has been my privilege to lead Oregon Tool over the last few years, I cannot express my gratitude enough to our passionate and committed team members,” says Tonnesen. “The company is in great hands with Elliot, who is a strong leader that is passionate about the Oregon Tool team and its customers. I look forward to seeing the success he drives and the next chapter for Oregon Tool.”

Based in Portland, Oregon Tool sells its products in more than 110 countries under the Oregon, Woods, ICS, Pentruder, Merit and Carlton brands. The company’s portfolio comprises precision cutting tools for forestry; lawn and garden; farming; ranching and agriculture; and concrete cutting and finishing. Platinum Equity acquired the company in 2021 (Platinum Equity also owns Club Car).

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