0 David Withers Promoted to President of Jacobsen

David Withers, Managing Director of Ransomes Jacobsen, has been promoted to the position of President of Jacobsen, the Charlotte, NC-based turf maintenance equipment manufacturer, effective October 1, 2011. Ransomes Jacobsen and Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

David has been managing director at Ransomes Jacobsen since January 2005, overseeing international operations for all Jacobsen brands as well as the E-Z-GO brand in Europe.
David Withers
"I'm delighted to be given this leadership opportunity and look forward to developing our brand and products in a global marketplace, he said. "Jacobsen is recognised as the outstanding innovator in the turf maintenance sector as demonstrated by the recent introduction of the Eclipse 322 hybrid and all-electric greens mower. My view is that everything we do as a company needs to be focussed on supporting our end-user customers and also building strong relationships with our channel partners and other industry bodies around the world," he said.

He joined Textron in 1992 as a Regional Sales Manager for Jacobsen in England. In 1996, he was promoted to the position of National Accounts Manager, focusing on developing business with key customers in the United Kingdom. In 2002, he was promoted to the position of Sales and Marketing Director before his appointment in 2005 as Managing Director of Ransomes Jacobsen. Prior to joining Textron, David worked for three years with Charterhouse Turf Machinery in a technical sales role.

Commenting on his appointment, Scott Donnelly, Textron CEO said,
"David is a proven leader in the golf and turf industry and is highly respected amongst his peers and customers. With his broad international experience - which spans over 45 countries - and his strong track record in business development and operational excellence, I am confident that he is the right person to maximize the growth opportunities that lie ahead for Jacobsen."

David succeeds Dan Wilkinson, who is retiring from the company after 14 years of service to Textron. Under Dan's leadership, Jacobsen made great strides in improving its operating efficiency and reinvigorating its product offering.

For more information about Ransomes Jacobsen visit: www.ransomesjacobsen.com

About Textron Inc.
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 is 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. For more information visit: www.textron.com.

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