Extended Trading Territory Results In More Promotions at Ransomes Jacobsen

February 04, 2014

Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (February 4, 2014) As a result of an extension to its trading territory, which now includes South America, Ransomes Jacobsen, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has announced further promotions at their European head office in Ipswich.

Richard Comely, former Director of Marketing and Product Management, has been promoted to Director, Global Product Management, responsible for a team of Product Management specialists in both Ipswich and at the company’s head office in Charlotte, North Carolina. His team is responsible for all new products coming on stream in the near future and the continued development of existing products.

Richard was a Technical Sales Representative for Ariens Company in Europe for many years and joined Jacobsen UK in 1997. Following Textron’s purchase of Ransomes in 1998 he was appointed as Product Manager in the new Ransomes Jacobsen organisation. He earned a Textron Six Sigma Black Belt and helped develop a more measurable method of understanding end user unmet needs, helping the business to develop more customer focussed products. Early in 2011 he was promoted to Director of Marketing and Product Management

As a result of Richard Comely’s move into a dedicated and focused Product Management role, Gina Putnam, the company’s former International Marketing Manager, has been promoted to Director, Marketing and Communications - International. Previously employed with Bernhard & Company, she joined Ransomes Jacobsen in 2011 as Marketing Manager and was promoted to International Marketing Manager is 2013.

Gina was born and raised in Southern California and is a graduate of the University of Kansas. She began her career with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) in 2002, promoting professional development and educational standards for golf course superintendents worldwide. She joined Bernhard’s in 2005 in the role of Marketing and Communications Manager.

Commenting on these appointments Managing Director Alan Prickett said,

“The extension of our trading area has resulted in the Ipswich business now being responsible for all sales and marketing activities worldwide, with the exception of Canada, USA and Mexico, which remains with Jacobsen in Charlotte.

“As a result Richard Comely is heading up our global product management function and will have the product management teams from both Ipswich and Charlotte under his remit. With his vast knowledge of product management from over 20 years in the turf management sector, Richard was the obvious choice for this position.

“Gina’s rise within the business has been nothing short of meteoric, having joined us back in 2011. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the global turf industry from her time at the GCSAA and Bernhard’s; her contacts around the world have been an invaluable resource to our business and her work ethic is prodigious. These are well merited promotions.”

Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc (NYSE:TXT) company and more information on the product offering can be found at www.ransomesjacobsen.com.

About Textron Inc.

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defence, 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.

-ENDS- 

For further information please contact:

Peter Driver

Public Relations and Media Communications Manager

West Road, Ransomes Europark, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 9TT.

Tel: +44 (0) 1473 276386     Email: peterd@tip.textron.com

Richard Comely,
Director, Global Product Management
Gina Putnam,
Director, Marketing and Communications-International

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