Mercury Marine has named Christopher Drees as its president, replacing John Pfeifer. The appointment is effective immediately. Drees was most recently president of the Mercury’s marine parts and accessories division. Drees will report to Brunswick CEO David M. Foulkes.
“Assuming the Mercury presidency is a natural progression for Chris,” said Foulkes in a statement. “He has spent more than 20 years with the company, distinguishing himself in a number of varied assignments and making a series of planned career moves to hone his skills and experience in preparation for this well-deserved role.”
Drees joined Mercury Marine in 1998, and during his first eight years held positions in purchasing, sales and marketing. He was also general manager of the Mercury propeller business. From 2006 through 2014, Drees led Mercury’s Attwood operations, first as chief operating officer and then as president.
In 2014, Drees was promoted to vice president of Mercury global operations. Foulkes said that during that time, Mercury made “great strides in increasing the productivity and efficiency of its propulsion operations.” In 2018, Drees assumed his role leading marine parts and accessories, where he was responsible for the integration of Power Products, Brunswick’s largest acquisition ever, into the P&A portfolio.
“Chris’s appointment is indicative of both the deep bench of talent and leadership we have throughout the Brunswick organization and our continued focus on succession planning,” Foulkes said.
Brunswick said it will name the successor to Drees as president for its parts and accessories business at a later date.
Pfeifer has chosen to “pursue opportunities outside the company,” according to the statement.
“We thank John, who will remain at Mercury for a short time to effect a smooth transition, for his many significant contributions through the years in a variety of roles at Mercury and Brunswick,” said Foulkes.