Mark W. DeYoung, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Mark W. DeYoung is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Vista Outdoor Inc., a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer in the growing outdoor sports and recreation industry. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has well-recognized brands providing consumers with a range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products.
Before becoming Vista Outdoor’s Chairman and CEO, Mark served as ATK’s President and CEO from 2010-2015. As CEO of ATK ($4.8 billion in revenue for FY 2014), he completed the strategic acquisitions of Savage Arms and Bushnell. In 2015, he led the strategic transaction which spun off ATK’s Sporting business creating Vista Outdoor and merged ATK’s Aerospace and Defense businesses with Orbital Sciences Corporation. Mark previously led ATK’s Armament Systems group as President of the company’s largest business. In this capacity, he created the world’s leading munitions organization and oversaw the group’s expansion into new markets and capabilities. Under Mark’s leadership the group grew from approximately $600 million of revenue in fiscal year 2003, to $2.1 billion of revenue in FY 2010.
Mark’s history with ATK spanned nearly three decades and all of the company’s business groups and product lines. Mark began his career at Hercules Aerospace Company in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1985. While at Hercules he held numerous leadership roles in the company’s solid propulsion and composite structures businesses. Hercules was acquired by ATK in 1995. Mark held numerous leadership positions in Finance, Operations, Composite Programs, Human Resources and Munitions businesses. In 2002, he was selected to lead the company’s acquired commercial ammunition and accessories businesses and the newly formed Ammunition Systems group, which subsequently became the Armament Systems group.
Mark is a native of Utah. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and an MBA at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he also taught management and finance courses and was named Adjunct Professor of the Year. Mark serves as an Honorary Board Member for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.