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Western States Equipment Company names Kelly Olson first female president

October 31, 2018 GMT

Western States Equipment Company has announced the selection of Kelly Olson as its new president, effective Jan. 1.

Olson is the first woman to be chosen as president for Western States and will replace Tom Harris, current president, who plans to retire at the end of the year.

Olson has been the vice president of finance for Western States since 2016 and joined Western States in 2004 as the finance manager. She advanced to financial services manager in 2008, served as the enterprise resource project manager from 2012 to 2014 and was promoted to controller later in 2014. Prior to joining Western States, Olson was a corporate accountant and analyst and senior corporate accountant for Albertsons, Inc.

Olson earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, and has held an active Certified Public Accounting license since 2003. Olson will assume her official duties in January 2019, ensuring a smooth transition for customers.