Mercury Realigns Organization; Welcomes New Outboard President
Experienced manufacturing executive Mark Schwabero was recently appointed
president of Mercury Marine's outboard business unit in conjunction with
the company's adoption of a business structure centered on Strategic
Business Units, a move made possible by Mercury's three-year focus on
strengthening and solidifying its business and manufacturing processes,
programs and practices.
Mercury President Patrick C. Mackey announced Schwabero's arrival and the
accompanying strategy and organization-structure changes in a letter
distributed to Mercury employees worldwide. He credited achievements such
as 100 percent ISO certification, Workplace Safety programs, adoption of
Lean Six Sigma, Customer Collaboration, Account Management, structured
product-development process and additional company efforts as helping pave
the way for a business strategy suited for Mercury's future growth and the
current worldwide market.
"These institutional changes allow us to focus on product-line
profitability and business growth without fear that progress will be lost
or that programs will be discontinued," said Mackey, who committed to
improve business and manufacturing processes at Mercury immediately after
taking the helm in 2000. "After extensive review of our business challenges
in 2004 and our ability to meet our performance targets in the context of
recent changes in the marine industry, I feel strongly that Mercury and our
customers will be better served by moving our organizational structure to
one that centers on Strategic Business Units supplemented by a cross
business-support network of functions."
The changes at Mercury took effect April 5. Schwabero arrived April 12 as
president of Mercury's Outboard Business Unit.
Mackey painted an encouraging picture for Mercury, citing accomplished
goals over the past three years and historical commitments to continuous
improvement by employees at all levels and locations.
"The effectiveness of Mercury is and always has been positively affected by
the cooperation of individuals and functions across the enterprise," he
said. "That type of cooperation will continue to fortify our efforts and
ensure success at the next level. If we sustain our focused efforts to be a
world-class company, producing quality products that meet the needs and
expectations of our customers, and working to be the easiest and best
company for customers to do business with, we will succeed."
Under the new alignment, all Mercury operating units except International
will be headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wis., Mercury's world headquarters
and manufacturing site of Mercury's outboard engines.
Schwabero of Napierville, Ill., who reports directly to Mackey, brings to
Mercury 28 years of experience as a senior executive in the automotive and
commercial vehicle arenas. Included in his background are four years as
president and chief executive officer of Hendrickson International of
Woodridge, Ill., a leading manufacturer of heavy truck and trailer
suspension systems and components. Prior to that he served in executive
positions with Pilkington Libby-Owens Ford, Bosch Braking Systems, Allied
Signal and Navistar.
Schwabero has bachelor's and master's degrees in industrial and systems
engineering from Ohio State University.
"I'm excited to join a company that has a strong brand, an eye on the
future and the ability to dramatically change the industry," said
Schwabero. "Mercury's history and commitment to excellence virtually
guarantee growth and long-term success."
Other significant changes at Mercury include the appointment of John Ward
as president of the MerCruiser Business Unit, located at Mercury
headquarters in Fond du Lac. Ward's most recent post was Mercury's
president of its Dealer and Retail Division. Jay Povlin has been appointed
to join Ward as vice president of Sales and Marketing at MerCruiser. He
recently was vice president of OEM Sales at Mercury.
Vice President of Research and Development Claus Bruestle, who led
Mercury's recent completion of its highly successful Verado family of
FourStroke engines, will continue to serve as the company's product
Jeff Kinsey, recently the company's vice president of Strategy and Business
Development, is now Mercury's vice president of Focused Business. Joining
him as general manager of Mercury's propeller business unit is Chris Drees,
who recently directed the retail and wholesale accounts for Mercury's
dealer and retail division.
John Hoagland is now Mercury's vice president of OEM Outboard Sales and
Marketing, after serving three years as vice president and chief marketing
Industry veteran Jack Malone, who returned to Mercury a year ago, has been
appointed vice president of Outboard Dealer and Retail Sales.
The new vice president of Mercury's Service and Parts Unit is Mike Gyorog,
who is joined by Doug Pietrowski as general manager of Service Parts
Tony Rudd has been appointed Mercury's vice president of Strategic
Improvement and Quality, and Mike Kreder is the new director of Strategy,
Fred Brightbill, formerly Mercury's president of Integrated Operations,
recently was appointed president of the Brunswick Boat Group's aluminum
division located in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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