OPEI adds new board members

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) recently named four new members to its Board of Directors.

The four new Board members are:

  • Rick Gray, President – Outdoor Power Equipment, Milwaukee Tool
  • Tom Rugg, Senior Vice President & President, Energy Solutions, Briggs & Stratton
  • Andreas Rangert, President – North America, Husqvarna Forest & Garden Division
  • Doug Redpath, President & General Manager, Outdoor, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
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Rick Gray, Tom Rugg, Andreas Rangert, Doug Redpath

“We look forward to our new Board members’ perspective and strategic thinking for OPEI, Equip Exposition, and the TurfMutt Foundation as the industry continues to evolve and faces new market and regulatory challenges,” said OPEI President Kris Kiser.

The 2023-2024 Board Executive Committee comprises:

  • Chair, Mike Clancy, CEO, Chervon North America
  • Vice Chair, David Thorne, Vice President, Turf & Compact Utility Business Unit, Deere & Company
  • Immediate Past Chair, Brian Melka, Group President — Kohler Energy
  • Equip Exposition Show Chairman, Dan Ariens, Chairman and CEO, Ariens Company

Rounding out the Board of Directors are:

  • Klaus Hahn, President North America, Greenworks
  • Peter Hampton, President and CEO, Active Dynamics
  • Chris Keffer, President and CEO, STIHL Inc.
  • Rick Olson, Chairman and CEO, The Toro Company
  • Harold Redman, President and CEO, Echo Incorporated
  • Nelson Wilner, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Engines, Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA

The next Board meeting will take place at OPEI’s 2024 Annual Meeting, slated for June 24-26 at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. For more information on that meeting, visit www.opei.org/pontevedra. OPEI is an international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of outdoor power equipment, small engines, battery power systems, portable generators, utility and personal transport vehicles, and golf cars.

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