Mercury Racing has announced a leadership change as Erik Christiansen, Mercury Racing general manager will be leaving the company to pursue an opportunity outside of the marine industry. Christiansen has run the racing business for Mercury since taking over for Fred Kiekhaefer in 2013 and has spent more than 20 years at the company.
“Erik has been a valuable leader at Mercury for a long time and we thank him for all that he has done for the company,” said John Pfeifer, Mercury Marine president, in a statement.
Christiansen has been instrumental in the successful launch of many of Mercury Racing’s most well-known products including the 400R FourStroke outboard and the 1750hp racing sterndrive, Mercury’s largest engine offering in the portfolio.
Steve Miller, Director, Marketing, Sales and Service for Mercury Racing, has been named interim general manager for the high-performance division. Miller has been with Mercury since 1993 and has been a part of the success of the Mercury Racing program over the past three years. Prior to that, Miller helped in the launch of many of our mainline outboard projects including the 150hp FourStroke and the introduction of Verado.
“Steve provides us the leadership to continue our growth and we will begin to look for a permanent general manager to run our racing business. An announcement on that will be made soon.”