Brian Hazelton Joins Briggs & Stratton as Senior Vice President & President of Power Business Unit

Brian Hazelton

Briggs & Stratton has announced that Brian Hazelton has joined the company as senior vice president & president of its Power Business Unit, which consists of Briggs & Stratton residential engines, Vanguard commercial engines, Vanguard lithium-ion commercial batteries and service.

Hazelton joins Briggs & Stratton most recently from Winnebago Industries, where he re-established its motorhome business as a world-class manufacturer and innovator, providing differentiated ownership experiences to the most profitable market segments, states the company. Prior to that, he served as the CEO of Schwing America, Inc. where he led the company through Chapter 11 bankruptcy into a position of growth, with improved processes and a revived culture. Hazelton also held various roles with Detroit Diesel Corporation, both domestically and internationally.

“Brian’s leadership and experience in transforming businesses aligns with our repositioning of Briggs & Stratton as a power agnostic solutions provider,” says Steve Andrews, president & CEO of Briggs & Stratton. “While residential engines remain an important part of our business, Briggs & Stratton is focused on evolving market trends. The rapidly growing commercial engines market and electrified products are propelling the company into entirely new markets, requiring the attention of an innovative leader who embraces and thrives on change.”

KPS Capital Partners acquired substantially all of the assets of Briggs & Stratton in September 2020, and appointed Andrews as president & CEO. Since that time, the company has welcomed Chris Mapes, senior vice president of supply chain, and David Dooley, vice president and general manager of the company’s Allmand business.



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