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President of Polaris Off-Road delivers BYU Honored Alumnus Lecture

Thoughts On Career Success - Chris Musso, Polaris Off-Road Vehicles

Chris Musso, 2019 BYU Honored Alumnus, spoke to BYU Engineering students about decision-making, success

Chris Musso, President of Off-Road Vehicles at Polaris Industries, was recognized as BYU's 2019 Honored Alumnus for the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering during BYU Homecoming on Oct. 17, 2019.

As part of the honor, Musso delivered an Honored Alumnus Lecture to students, faculty, and staff in the college and the public.

Musso's lecture focused on decision-making and achieving success throughout one's career. When making a decision, Musso suggested, one should ask, "What am I trying to accomplish?"

Musso described his career path as a winding and twisting journey filled with "curveballs."

"Your life isn't going to be linear," said Musso.

View the full lecture on YouTube here.

About Chriss Musso

Chris Musso joined Polaris Industries as President of Off-Road and Snow in November 2017. He leads a ~$4 billion division, with over 6,000 people, that designs, manufactures, markets, and sells hundreds of thousands of machines every year to a group of extremely passionate customers. Before joining Polaris, Chris spent 13 years at McKinsey and Company, where he was a Senior Partner and leader of the company’s Americas Product Development group. He was the founding partner of McKinsey’s Denver office and built it into one of their fastest-growing locations. Prior to his time at McKinsey, he spent five years leading a small engineering and modeling consultancy.

Chris earned his bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing from Brigham Young University's College of Engineering. He has been a strong supporter of the BYU Manufacturing Engineering program, serving on the industrial advisory board, sponsoring a BYU Capstone project, and mentoring students. Chris is also a member of BYU Engineering Mentor Alliance and BYU Engineering Dean's Circle.

He holds a doctorate in Engineering Systems (technology, management, and policy) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) along with master’s degrees in materials science, business administration and technology policy, also from MIT, where he was a Leaders for Manufacturing Fellow.