Savage Sports Corporation, one of the world’s premier providers of outdoor sportsman products, has announced that Ron Johnson has been named Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.
Johnson brings 25 years of shooting sports industry expertise, including product innovation, company acquisitions, and strong strategic planning and leadership to Savage. Most recently, he served as President of the Sporting Group within Alliant Techsystems (“ATK”) at which he more than doubled the size of the business through organic growth initiatives and led the company to be a global market leader in ammunition sales. In addition, Johnson worked for several other groups of brands within ATK over the years, including President of Ammunition and Accessories; General Manager of Hunting Accessories, and VP Finance of Commercial Ammunition and Accessories. In all capacities, he increased sales, initiated product line innovation, and helped drive all businesses to realize profitability.
Johnson, stated, “I am thrilled for the opportunity to join the Savage team. The Company is a stellar brand within its market and is well-positioned for continued momentum and growth as a leader within the shooting sports industry. On behalf of the entire Savage team and board of directors, I want to thank Ron Coburn for his tremendous contributions and leadership over the years.”
In addition to joining the Savage Board of Directors, Johnson has also served as a board member for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturing Institute, and the Wildlife Management Institute.
Operating under the brand names of Savage Arms, Savage Range Systems and BowTech Archery, the Company designs, manufactures and markets a broad range of rifles, shotguns, archery and range systems primarily used for hunting, competitive and recreational target shooting. The Savage Arms brand was first established in the late nineteenth century by Arthur Savage and since then has expanded into a portfolio of well-known, market leading brands that also include Stevens and Fox. The Company has also earned a reputation for manufacturing quality products for accuracy, innovation, value and superior American craftsmanship.
Savage is headquartered in Westfield, Massachusetts, and has over 600 dedicated employees. Manufacturing facilities are located in Westfield; Lakefield, Ontario; and Eugene, Oregon.
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