Promotions, hiring of gun company sales executives

Two major gun makers — Remington Outdoor Company and Smith & Wesson — named new leaders for their sales teams.

Remington promoted Matt Ohlson to vice president of professional sales. He joined the North Carolina company in 2012 as a senior product manager for ammunition, but he has shifted around within the company. In his new position, Ohlson will oversee sales law enforcement, defense and international clients.

The ailing Remington is currently restructuring nearly $1 billion in debt after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protections. Amid slow sales and a struggling market, the company risked missing scheduled repayments to lenders.

The Massachusetts-based Smith & Wesson hired Matthew Fehmel as senior director of international sales. He left competitor Colt’s Manufacturing Company, where he was international sales director, for the position.

In a statement, the company said before Fehmel began a career in the gun industry in 2007, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps where he earned a Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with a “Combat V” for valor in combat.

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