David M. Foulkes
Chief Executive Officer
In January 2019, David M. Foulkes was appointed Brunswick's chief executive officer.
Mr. Foulkes had served as president - Brunswick marine consumer solutions, as well as retaining his role as Brunswick’s chief technology officer (CTO).
In that most recent position, Mr. Foulkes had responsibility 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.
Mr. Foulkes joined Brunswick in 2007 and for ten years he was head of product development at Mercury Marine, during which time he led the development of Mercury's line-up of market-leading outboard engines, 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, Mr. Foulkes also has had responsibility for Mercury Racing, and for the past five years worked closely with the Mercury Racing leadership team to significantly grow the business and introduce an unprecedented range of new high-performance Racing outboard and sterndrive products.
In his role as Brunswick’s CTO, Mr. 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.
Previously, Mr. Foulkes had spent 18 years with Ford Motor Company in a series of assignments of progressing responsibilities. He previously had also worked with Shell Exploration and the Ministry of Defense, both in the United Kingdom. He has a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics and a master’s degree in structural and fluid mechanics from Imperial College in London.
Ryan M. Gwillim
Senior Vice President – Chief Financial Officer
Ryan M. Gwillim was named senior vice president and chief financial officer in June 2020. He most recently was vice president – finance and treasurer, assuming those duties in June 2019. He is responsible for treasury, mergers and acquisitions, and investor relations. Since September 2017, Gwillim had been vice president – investor relations.
Mr. Gwillim joined Brunswick’s legal team as corporate counsel in 2011 and became assistant general counsel – corporate and securities, where he was responsible for the Company’s SEC compliance and financial reporting processes, a year later. He was named Associate General Counsel - International in 2015.
Mr. Gwillim, who is also a certified public accountant, attended the University of Illinois, where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting as well as his law degree. Before joining Brunswick, Mr. Gwillim was with Baker & McKenzie in Chicago as an associate in their corporate and securities practice group.
Vice President and President – Mercury Marine
Chris Drees was named President of Mercury Marine, based in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, on April 2019. He most recently was president of marine parts and accessories, having assumed that role in 2018.
Mr. Drees 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, Mr. Drees led Mercury’s Attwood operations, first as the chief operating officer and then as president. In 2014, Mr. Drees was promoted to vice president - mercury global operations, before moving to marine parts and accessories four years later.
Mr. Drees earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and a Master of Business Administration from Marquette University.
President – Advanced Systems Group
Brett Dibkey was named President – Advanced Systems Group of Brunswick Corporation in January 2020.
Mr. Dibkey joins Brunswick following 12 years at Whirlpool Corporation where he was most recently Vice President and General Manager, Business Units, Brand Marketing, eCommerce and IoT. At Whirlpool, he had business responsibility for the Company’s parts and accessories business along with full P&L responsibilities for a portfolio of strategic, high-growth businesses. In addition, he served as the head of brand marketing across the company’s brand portfolio. Prior to his career at Whirlpool, he worked in a variety of business development and strategic planning roles for Pfizer and Crowe Horwath, LLP.
Mr. Dibkey graduated from Butler University with a degree in finance and accounting and earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Vice President – Chief Human Resources Officer and President – Business Acceleration
In 2020, Brenna Preisser was promoted to President - Business Acceleration & Chief People and Strategy Officer.
In this expanded role, Ms. Preisser added responsibilities for business strategy, enterprise communications and consumer insight in addition to her current role overseeing service and shared access business models which include, Freedom Boat Club, the largest national boat club operation in the industry, a portfolio of financial service businesses and advanced design initiatives. She is also responsible for innovation assets, such as a joint venture with TechNexus
Ms. Preisser was elected Brunswick’s vice president and chief human resources officer effective March 31, 2016. Ms. Preisser previously was the senior director – human resources for Brunswick Corporation.
Ms. Preisser has contributed to Brunswick being named as a Forbes best mid-sized and large-sized place to work multiple years in a row as well as Forbes list of America’s Best Employers for Women. Ms. Preisser is also the co-chair of Brunswick’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, driving change across the entire organization.
Since joining the company in 2004, Ms. Preisser has been in charge of reforming company culture, creating and leading large-scale employee engagement and development programs, and implementing talent management strategies that support the achievement of Brunswick’s business goals and objectives. In addition, Ms. Preisser has developed globally led enterprise programs that embody a buyer-centric approach, delivering a smooth, frictionless and consistent customer experience across all touchpoints and at all stages of the buyer journey.
Ms. Preisser has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Ohio University in Athens, and a Master of Business Administration from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.
Christopher F. Dekker
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Chris F. Dekker is vice president, general counsel and secretary for Brunswick Corporation. Mr. Dekker leads the team providing legal services to the Brunswick enterprise, and is also responsible for the Corporate Ethics program, Corporate Compliance function and Environmental, Health and Safety programs.
He works with the company’s board of directors and management regarding securities and governance matters. He was appointed to the position in October 2014 and joined Brunswick in 2010 as associate general counsel responsible for litigation, employment, and compliance.
Before joining Brunswick, Mr. Dekker was employed in the law department at Caterpillar, Inc. beginning in 2001 and served in a variety of positions. Before joining Caterpillar, he was a partner at the Chicago law firm now known as Dykema Gossett.
Mr. Dekker earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Michigan and his Doctor of Laws from DePaul University of College of Law.
Randall S. Altman
Vice President – Controller
Randall S. Altman became vice president - controller of Brunswick Corporation in June 2019. Previously, he had been vice president – treasurer since March 2013. He previously had been vice president and chief financial officer for Brunswick Bowling & Billiards, a position he had held since 2006.
Mr. Altman joined Brunswick in 2003 as senior manager - finance, and later that year was promoted to director of that function.
Mr. Altman has both his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and his Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University.
Jeffry K. Behan
Vice President Corporate Strategy and President - Aluminum Commercial Operations
Jeffry K. Behan was named vice president - corporate strategy of Brunswick in May 2015. He has been with the Company since 1991, joining Mercury Marine as a market research analyst.
He held several positions of increasing responsibility at Mercury Marine before becoming general manager of Mercury Marine’s parts and accessories business unit in 2002, gaining a strong knowledge of Mercury products, channels and consumers. In 2004, Mr. Behan moved to the Boat Group where he was responsible for strategy, business planning, and acquisitions. Mr. Behan recently added the newly created role of President - Aluminum Commercial Operations. During his time in the Boat Group, he also served as vice president - marine distribution, further strengthening Brunswick’s distribution networks, as well as president of the Bayliner and Trophy boats.
Vice President – Chief Information Officer
Danielle Brown was named Brunswick’s vice president - chief information officer in November 2016.
She joined Brunswick from DuPont, where she most recently led global IT transformation in preparation for the merger of DuPont and Dow Chemical. During her 16-year career with the chemical and agricultural industry leader, Ms. Brown, a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, has held several positions of increasing responsibility within information technology, serving in operations and corporate assignments in the U.S. and Asia. Most notably, as the chief information officer for DuPont's $3-billion crop protection business, she supported growth-related strategies focused on customer outreach in new and emerging markets.
Ms. Brown has a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania as well as earning a Master of Science in Information Systems, and a Master of Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University and Drexel University, respectively.
John F. Reid
Vice President - Enterprise Technologies
Dr. Reid brings to Brunswick over 30 years of highly accomplished technology leadership experience most recently serving as Director, Enterprise Product Innovation and Technology and Technical Fellow at Deere & Company. Over his 19 years at Deere, Dr.Reid was instrumental in the development and implementation of the enterprise innovation strategy and processes, driving enterprise capability building through product technology roadmaps that included, among other critical initiatives, the company’s strategy for automation and autonomous machine systems. Prior to his tenure at Deere & Company, Dr. Reid was a professor at the University of Illinois for 14 years and he was recognized for his automation research contributions.
Dr. Reid earned engineering degrees from Virginia Tech (BS/MS) and his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. An active inventor, Reid has over 30 patents, primarily in the area of sensing, automation and control and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Brent G. Dahl
Vice President – Internal Audit
Brent G. Dahl was named vice president – internal audit of Brunswick Corporation in June 2015. He is responsible for the internal audit function serving the corporate office, as well as Brunswick’s business units.
Mr. Dahl most recently was the assistant corporate controller for Brunswick and has been with the Company since 2002. During this time, Mr. Dahl has served in several roles of increasing responsibility, including controller of the Company’s former Bowling & Billiards operation.
Before joining Brunswick, Mr. Dahl worked for ten years in public accounting at Arthur Andersen, LLP, and is a certified public accountant. He is a graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, Il.
Kevin S. Grodzki
Vice President Communications and Public Affairs
In January 2015, Kevin S. Grodzki was named Brunswick Corporation’s vice president - communications and public affairs. He is responsible for directing activities related to internal and external communications, managing Brunswick’s organizational relationships within its industries as well as community and government relations.
Mr. Grodzki most recently served as vice president and president - global sales and marketing for Mercury Marine, and previously had been president – Mercury Sales, Marketing & Commercial Operations. He had been with Mercury since 2005. Prior to that assignment, Mr. Grodzki was president and chief executive officer of Brunswick’s Life Fitness division.
Mr. Grodzki joined Brunswick in 2000 from the Crompton Corporation, where he was vice president of the company’s $500-million Polymer Additives Company. He spent the first 22 years of his career with E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co., Inc., Wilmington, Delaware. At DuPont, he held several senior management positions in the company’s chemical, electronics, medical and printing and publishing divisions in 11 different locations throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. These businesses focused on the development, manufacture, sales, and support of high-tech equipment for medical and electronic imaging applications.
Mr. Grodzki earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from St. Francis University, Loretto, Pa., and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Delaware.
Vice President – Tax
Nancy Loube became vice president - tax, in July 2019. She reports to William L. Metzger, senior vice president, and chief financial officer, and had previously been assistant vice president - tax, having joined the Company in 2018.
Immediately prior to Brunswick, Ms. Loube was with GE Energy Financial Services, where she was vice president of international tax. She had joined GE in 2003. Prior to GE, Ms. Loube had served eight years in public accounting with Ernst & Young and KPMG, as well as two years in the corporate counsel's office of USF&G Insurance.
Ms. Loube has a degree in economics and public policy from the University of Chicago, a law degree from the University of Maryland Law School, a master’s degree in tax from Georgetown University Law Center, and a certificate in accounting from the University of Southern California.