Mercury appoints new president

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Christopher Drees, Mercury Marine president.
Christopher Drees, Mercury Marine president.

Christopher Drees steps up to lead engine manufacturing business.

Outboard engine manufacturer Mercury Marine has appointed Christopher Drees as its next president, succeeding John Pfeifer who has left the company to take up a new management post.

Drees, who was previously president of Brunswick Corporation's marine parts and accessories division, will report to Brunswick CEO, David M Foulkes. The appointment is effective immediately.

“Assuming the Mercury presidency is a natural progression for Chris,” said Foulkes. “He has spent more than 20 years with the company, distinguishing himself in a number of varied assignments and making a series of planned career moves to hone his skills and experience in preparation for this well-deserved role.

“Working alongside Mercury’s experienced and accomplished leadership team, Chris will continue building on the company’s momentum of innovation, market-leading products and superior quality and customer service.”

Drees joined Mercury Marine in 1998, holding a range of positions in the company including roles in purchasing, sales and marketing, and as general manager of the Mercury propeller business. From 2006 to 2014, he led Mercury’s Attwood Marine operations, first as chief operating officer and then as president.

In 2018, Drees was appointed to lead Brunswick Corp's marine parts and accessories business where he was responsible for the integration of the company's largest acquisition to date, Power Products. Drees’s successor in his P&A role has yet to be announced and, until then, the division will continue to report to him.

Foulkes thanked John Pfeifer for his contributions to the company in a variety of roles at Mercury and Brunswick.

“Having originally joined Brunswick in 2006, John has served as Mercury Marine’s president since 2014. We wish John the very best in his future endeavours.”

Pfeifer has taken on a new role as executive vice president and chief operating officer with Oshkosh Corporation, a manufacturer of specialty vehicles, vehicle bodies and access equipment.

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