Brunswick Corp today announced that David Foulkes has been named president - Brunswick Marine Consumer Solutions. Foulkes will report to chairman and CEO Mark Schwabero and will retain his role as Brunswick’s chief technology officer (CTO).
“David's new role is further evidence of Brunswick's strategy evolving its market offering to include innovative, technology-enabled consumer services and solutions that make boating easier,” Schwabero says in a statement. “It also demonstrates Brunswick's strong commitment to maintaining an industry-leading portfolio of boat brands offering leading-edge design, technology, quality and customer service.”
In his new position, Foulkes will be reponsible for the Brunswick Boat Group, NAUTIC-ON, Brunswick Marine Services, the Brunswick iJET Innovation Lab at the University of Illinois Research Park and Brunswick’s Advanced Design Methods.
Foulkes first joined Brunswick in 2007 and was head of product development at Mercury Marine for 10 years. During that time he led the development of Mercury’s outboard engine line-up, including the recently introduced V-6 and V-8 outboard engines and advanced vessel controls, as well as the new MerCruiser gasoline and diesel inboard/sterndrive engines.
Since 2012, Foulkes also had responsibility for Mercury Racing, and for the past five years worked closely with the Mercury Racing leadership team to grow the business and introduce a new range of high-performance Racing outboard and sterndrive products.
In his role as Brunswick CTO, Foulkes has overseen the launch of NAUTIC-ON and Brunswick's iJET Innovation Lab at the University of Illinois. He also championed the effort to form Brunswick's joint-venture with TechNexus to develop a portfolio of investments in start-up companies, and a separate effort to introduce a new Design Thinking initiative to the Company.
“David brings a very successful track-record of developing exciting and innovative products, a deep understanding of technology, a commitment to quality, and an ability to develop innovative business solutions to his new role,” Schwabero adds. “As CTO, he has put in place a broad range of capabilities that will allow Brunswick to accelerate its progress in developing new technology-enabled solutions for our marine customers.”