David Foulkes to head Brunswick marine consumer solutions

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Foulkes will be tasked with evolving technology-enabled consumer services that make boating easier.

Foulkes will be tasked with evolving technology-enabled consumer services that make boating easier.

Brunswick Corp. has named David Foulkes as president of marine consumer solutions, reporting to chairman and CEO Mark Schwabero.

He will also continue to serve as Brunswick chief technology officer.

In this new position, Foulkes will have responsibility for the Brunswick boat group, Nautic-On, Brunswick marine services, the Brunswick iJET Innovation Lab at the University of Illinois Research Park, and Brunswick's advanced design methods.

"David's new role is further evidence of Brunswick's strategy evolving its market offering to include innovative, technology-enabled consumer services and solutions that make boating easier," said Schwabero in a statement. "It also demonstrates Brunswick's strong commitment to maintaining an industry-leading portfolio of boat brands offering leading-edge design, technology, quality and customer service."

Foulkes joined Brunswick in 2007 and for 10 years was head of product development at Mercury Marine. During that time he led the development of Mercury outboard engines, including the recently introduced V-6 and V-8 models and advanced vessel controls, as well as new MerCruiser gasoline and diesel inboard/sterndrive engines.

Since 2012, Foulkes also has had responsibility for Mercury Racing, and for the past five years worked closely with the Mercury Racing leadership team to significantly grow the business and introduce a range of high-performance outboards and stern drives.

In his role as Brunswick chief technology officer, Foulkes has overseen the launch of Nautic-On and Brunswick's iJET Innovation Lab at the University of Illinois. He also championed the effort to form Brunswick's joint-venture with TechNexus to develop a portfolio of investments in start-up companies, and a separate effort to introduce a new Design Thinking initiative to the company.

"David brings a very successful track-record of developing exciting and innovative products, a deep understanding of technology, a commitment to quality, and an ability to develop innovative business solutions to his new role," said Schwabero. "As CTO, he has put in place a broad range of capabilities that will allow Brunswick to accelerate its progress in developing new technology-enabled solutions for our marine customers."

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