Experienced Executive to Lead Company Growth Strategies for Expansion
LAKE FOREST, Ill. – October 25, 2017 – United Tactical Systems “UTS”, the exclusive manufacturer and supplier of PepperBall®-branded products worldwide, today announced it has appointed Ron Johnson as Chief Executive Officer. Johnson most recently served as Chairman of Outdoor Products Group and has past CEO experience at organizations with industry-leading brands and products.
“The many growth opportunities at UTS require an outstanding leader in this key role, and we are thrilled to have attracted someone of Ron’s caliber,” said David Luxton, who has been serving as interim CEO and Chairman of the Board.
Johnson’s extensive industry background includes serving as Chairman of Outdoor Products Group, CEO of Bowtech Archery, CEO of Savage Firearms and President of ATK Sporting (Vista Outdoor). He has been a board member of the Shooting and Sporting Arms Manufacturers Institute, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Wildlife Management Institute.
“UTS has built strong brands with innovative products and excellent service,” said Ron Johnson. “We look forward to bringing value and an expanded portfolio to additional markets domestically and abroad. The organization has made significant investments in personnel and customer-focused assets that have us well positioned for strategic growth. We see enormous potential for industry partnerships and programs.”
The appointment of Ron Johnson follows the August 2017 announcement that Kyle Tengwall, another accomplished industry veteran, joined UTS to lead the new consumer products division.
About United Tactical Systems
United Tactical Systems, LLC (“UTS”), a privately held company, develops, manufactures and distributes PepperBall®-branded products that provide less-lethal systems for law enforcement, corrections, homeland defense, military, government, private security and personal protection markets. UTS products, sold under the trademark and brand name “PepperBall®”, have been proven safe and effective by more than 5,000 agencies including the U.S. Army, United States Border Patrol, United States Coast Guard and the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as private entities, security services and bail enforcement agencies around the world. UTS also offers recreational shooting products within the consumer sporting goods market. The OEM division of UTS partners with others in the industry to develop and manufacture co-branded or private-labeled for military, law enforcement and personal defense. More information is available at www.pepperball.com