Mercury Marine names VP of global operations

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Mercury Marine president John Pfeifer announced that Chris Drees was promoted to vice president of global operations.

Drees currently serves as president of Attwood and as vice president and general manager of Brunswick Marine P&A Products. During his eight years at Attwood, Drees served as chief operating officer, then as president until his most recent role.

“Chris is a perfect fit to become the vice president of global operations at Mercury Marine,” Pfeifer said in a statement. “His experience in the industry and his broad business management experience, including operations, make this a perfect fit. We are fortunate to have Chris take the lead on global operations at Mercury Marine.”

Between 1998 and 2006, Drees held a variety of positions within Mercury, including roles in purchasing, sales and marketing, and finally as general manager of propellers, according to a letter sent by Pfeifer.

Drees earned a degree in business management from the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire and an MBA from Marquette University.

Currently based in Grand Rapids, Mich., Drees and his family will relocate to the Fond du Lac area of Wisconsin. He will work at Mercury’s world headquarters in Fond du Lac.