Drees
Drees

METTAWA, Ill. — Brunswick Corporation today promoted Christopher Drees, president — marine parts and accessories, to president — Mercury Marine. Drees succeeds John Pfeifer, who has chosen to leave Brunswick to pursue opportunities outside the Company. Drees will report to Brunswick Chief Executive Officer David M. Foulkes. The appointment is effective immediately.

“Assuming the Mercury presidency is a natural progression for Chris,” Foulkes explained. “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. Working alongside Mercury’s experienced and accomplished leadership team, Chris will continue building on the Company’s momentum of innovation, market-leading products and superior quality and customer service.”

Drees is a graduate from Marinette Catholic Class of 1986 with family still in the area. He joined Mercury Marine in 1998, and during his first eight years held a variety of positions within the Company, including roles in purchasing, sales and marketing, and as 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.