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John Urias to Retire as Oshkosh Defense President in February; Wilson Jones Comments

Oshkosh logoJohn Urias will retire on Feb. 6 as executive vice president of Oshkosh Corp. (NYSE: OSK) and president of the firm’s defense segment.

President and CEO Wilson Jones will head the defense segment until the company finds a replacement for Urias, who cited family health matters as reason for his retirement, Oshkosh said Wednesday.

“[Urias’] military expertise and business insights have been instrumental in the expansion of our defense product portfolio and global presence, ” said Jones.

The U.S. Army selected Wisconsin-based Oshkosh in August to build the service branch’s Humvee replacement vehicle for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program, a contract Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) plans to challenge in Federal Claims Court.

Urias previously worked at Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) as vice president of integrated defense systems before he moved to Oshkosh in 2011.

He joined Raytheon after he retired as major general and served for more than three decades in the U.S. Army.

Oshkosh’s defense segment manufactures tactical military vehicles and provides lifecycle sustainment support services to military and defense industry clients.

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