Changing Places


Mark Pedersen has been named president and CFO of KCS International Inc., parent company of Oconto, Wis.-based Cruisers Yachts and Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts.

Pedersen replaces Jim Viestenz, who stepped down to pursue other interests.

Pedersen has been with KCS for the past 16 years and has more than 20 years experience in the marine industry.

"I am up for the challenges, as I have worked hand-in-hand with the entire KCS management team throughout the years," said Pedersen, in a statement.  "I was fortunate to be here in the early 1990s when we were rebuilding the company. I learned some valuable lessons that we will use in order to continue our success as we move the company forward."

Having previously held the title of CFO, Pedersen is ready to take on the role and responsibilities associated with his new position.

"Mark has worked with me for 16 years, and I have the utmost confidence in him to continue the positive trend we have built at KCS over the years," said K.C. Stock, CEO and owner of KCS International, in a statement. "Mark has been a key player in many acquisitions and management positions with my numerous ventures. We intend to be one of the major contributors in the marine industry for years to come."