Brunswick names new CFO

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Brunswick Corp. named William L. Metzger as chief financial officer of the company.

Most recently vice president and treasurer, Metzger, 51, will succeed Peter B. Hamilton, who is retiring in February. The change will take effect in March.

Metzger will report to Brunswick chairman and CEO Dustan E. McCoy.

Metzger joined Brunswick in 1987 as a manager in the accounting department. In 1991 he was assigned to Brunswick’s internal audit staff as a manager and in 1996 he was named director of corporate accounting. In 2001 he was named vice president and treasurer.

“Bill’s skills and talents, his solid record of achievement at Brunswick and his extensive knowledge of the company make him a natural choice for this position,” McCoy said in a statement. “His interaction with rating agencies and the financial community has been exemplary and his management expertise will ensure a strong adherence to financial, operational and strategic disciplines.”

Metzger has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Illinois State University and a master’s in management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He spent four years with Arthur Andersen before joining Brunswick.

“We extend our sincere thanks to Peter Hamilton, who returned to Brunswick in 2008 to help guide the company through a difficult economic environment,” McCoy said in a statement. “We have benefited greatly from Peter’s insight and management capability during his 15 years as a critical member of Brunswick’s executive team. We are also pleased that these two leaders, who have worked so closely through the years, will continue to do so in carrying out a smooth and effective transition.”

In a related action, Alan L. Lowe, 61, vice president and controller, will become vice president, finance and controller and assume responsibility for Brunswick’s business development activity. Lowe joined Brunswick in 2003.

“As Brunswick’s most senior finance leaders, Bill and Alan will work closely together to ensure that the company is advancing shareholder value through solid financial operating performance and wise capital allocation decisions,” McCoy said.

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