Changing Places

Brunswick Corp. today announced changes to its leadership team.

Hatteras Yachts and Cabo Yachts announced that John Ward was named senior vice president of global sales and marketing.

Ward was most recently president of Boston Whaler.

"The creation of this position is the next step in the execution of our business plan to make Hatteras and Cabo two of the strongest businesses in the marine industry. Our focus is now on top-line growth and there is no one better positioned to fill this role than John," said Jim Meyer, president of Hatteras and Cabo Yachts.

Reporting to Ward will be Karl Kempainnen, vice president of sales and marketing for Hatteras Yachts; Don Smith, vice president of sales for Cabo Yachts and Luca Brancaleon, director of sales for Hatteras and Cabo in Europe and the Middle East.

Brunswick Boat Group announced that Tim Schiek was named president of Boston Whaler and Brunswick Commercial Government Products, effective immediately. Schiek, a 15-year Brunswick veteran, will report to Andy Graves, president of Brunswick Boat Group.

He succeeds Ward in this role.

Schiek most recently was president of Brunswick Commercial Government Products' fiberglass fish boat businesses, specifically the Triton and Trophy brands, having assumed that role in 2008. Prior to that, Schiek led Brunswick Commercial Government Products' pontoon category businesses, which included the Harris FloteBote, Cypress Cay, Suncruiser and Crestliner brands in that category.

Prior to those assignments, Schiek had led the group's strategy function and was a driving force behind the implementation of Brunswick's High Performance Product Development Process.

Schiek began his career with Mercury Marine.

"We are pleased to name such a capable leader as Tim to this important leadership role," Graves said in a statement. "Boston Whaler is one of the leading and best-known and respected brands in the global marine marketplace thanks to John and his staff. A proud tradition has been passed to capable hands."

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The board of Thor Industries appointed two independent directors, James L. Ziemer and Andrew E. Graves, who is president of Brunswick Boat Group.

Graves, 51, has been with Brunswick since 2005. Previously, he was president of Dresser Flow Solutions, a maker of flow-control products, measurement systems and power systems, from 2003 to 2005. Before that, he was president and chief operating officer of Federal Signal Corp.

Ziemer, 60, is the retired president and CEO of Harley Davidson Inc. He joined the company in 1969 and held a series of positions in manufacturing, engineering, accounting, parts and accessories, and finance. From 1991 until his election as chief executive in 2005, he was chief financial officer. Ziemer is a director of Textron Inc., where he is chairman of the audit committee.

Thor is the world's largest manufacturer of recreation vehicles and a major builder of commercial buses and ambulances.

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Alena Heede was named president of Cary, Ill.-based Aqua Signal Corp.


Heede also will assume responsibility for opening a Houston-based branch office and launching new business segments.

Heede, who has been the company's executive vice president for the last nine years, said Aqua Signal is expanding its recreational product line to include Glamox Group products, which serve the commercial marine and the oil and gas industry in U.S. markets.


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