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John L. Garrison, Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer
John Garrison was named Bell Helicopter's president and chief executive officer in August 2009.
Garrison has been with Textron since 2002, and most recently served as president of Textron's Industrial segment, which comprises four businesses that manufacture and market branded industrial products worldwide: E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Jacobsen and Kautex. Garrison is a member of Textron's Executive Leadership Team.
Prior to Garrison’s promotion to the Industrial segment head position in November 2007, he served as president of Textron's E-Z-GO business, the world's leading manufacturer of vehicles for golf courses, resort communities, recreational applications and municipalities, as well as commercial and industrial venues.
Garrison joined Textron in February 2002 from Azurix Corporation, where he was chairman, president and CEO. Azurix is a global water company engaged in the design, construction and operation of water and wastewater systems and facilities. Before joining Azurix in May 1999, Garrison was vice president and general manager of Case Corporation's North American Agricultural Group and vice president and general manager for Case's Agricultural Systems Group.
Garrison served 10 years on active duty in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Ranger, commanding an 8 inch Artillery Battery in the Republic of Korea, and taught in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy.
Garrison earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from the United States Military Academy, as well as a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University. He also has completed Textron's Global Leadership program at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Garrison serves on the boards of the Club Managers Club Foundation and Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI.