Changing Places


Brunswick Corp. named Andrew E. Graves president of the Brunswick Boat Group.

Graves most recently served as president of US Marine and Outboard Boats for Brunswick and will also now have responsibility for the operations of Sea Ray and Meridian. He will continue to report to Brunswick chairman and CEO Dustan E. McCoy.

"Since joining Brunswick in 2005, Andy has consistently demonstrated his leadership capabilities and foresight in helping to direct the transformation of our boat operations and manufacturing footprint, while skillfully guiding a large portion of our brand portfolio through the most challenging marine market in decades," McCoy said in a statement.

In other news, Brunswick also announced it named Robert J. Parmentier president of the Sea Ray Group, and Terry D. McNew executive vice president of product development and engineering, manufacturing and quality, concentrating on Sea Ray, Bayliner and Meridian.

Parmentier most recently was executive vice president of Sea Ray, overseeing a range of responsibilities, including the Meridian yacht brand, which was integrated into Sea Ray in 2008. Parmentier will retain responsibility for the Meridian brand, as well as assume P&L responsibility for Sea Ray.

McNew most recently was senior vice president of product development and engineering. McNew has spent most of his 20-plus years in the boating industry with Sea Ray, beginning his career at Brunswick's PD&E facility in Merritt Island, Fla. He progressed steadily through several manufacturing roles before assuming the position of Sea Ray vice president of manufacturing in 2001. He left the company in 2004 to become president and CEO of Correct Craft Boats in Orlando, Fla. McNew returned to Brunswick in 2006.

Click here for the full release.


Freedom Boat Club Buys N.Y. Franchise

The latest acquisition is Brunswick’s sixth corporate-owned Freedom operation in the United States.

In-Person NMEA Conference Announced

The electronics conference, in conjunction with the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, is scheduled for Sept. 20-24 in Orlando, Fla.

Vesper Appoints U.S.-based Manager

Damien Frye will drive sales of the New Zealand-based company’s Cortex product line.

Groupe Beneteau Sells CNB

As part of the conglomerate’s realignment, the Groupe has inked an agreement with Italian yard Solaris to purchase the bluewater sailing brand.

IBEX Hires Education Director

Patty Lawrence will manage the show’s preconference sessions, seminars and workshops.

Organizers Plan for In-Person Metstrade

The show is scheduled for Nov. 16-18 in Amsterdam and will incorporate virtual elements.

X Shore Secures $17M in Funding

The Swedish company’s 26-foot Eelex 8000 electric boat premiered at the Palm Beach show last month.