David M. Foulkes
Chief Executive Officer and Director
David M. Foulkes was appointed Brunswick's chief executive officer and non-independent director in January 2019.
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 i-JET 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 i-JET 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. Mr. Foulkes serves as a trustee for Shedd Aquarium and is a Director on the Board of Vontier.
Ryan M. Gwillim
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Ryan M. Gwillim serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. He most recently was vice president – finance and treasurer, assuming those duties in June 2019. Since September 2017, Mr. 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 degrees 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.
John G. Buelow
Executive Vice President and President, Mercury Marine
John G. Buelow serves as executive vice president and president of Mercury Marine, based in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, a position he has held since February 2023. He was most recently vice president of Mercury Global Operations and has almost 20 years of experience at Brunswick.
Mr. Buelow joined Mercury Marine in 2004 and during the first six years of his Brunswick career held a variety of positions in Finance, including Vice President and CFO of Brunswick Marine in EMEA and Asia-Pacific. From 2010 until 2023, Mr. Buelow held several leadership roles at Mercury’s global headquarters in Fond du Lac including: Vice President, Business Development; Vice President and General Manager, Mercury Castings; Vice President, Category Management & Strategic Planning; and for close to five years, Vice President, Global Operations.
During his tenure as head of Global Operations, Mr. Buelow was integral to planning and executing many significant enhancements and expansions of Mercury’s manufacturing and distribution facilities, and to the launch of Mercury’s recent award-winning products including the 600hp V12 Verado outboard, the new V10 Verado outboards, and the Avator electric outboard family.
Mr. Buelow earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Aine L. Denari
Executive Vice President and President, Brunswick Boat Group
Aine L. Denari serves as executive vice president and president of the Brunswick Boat Group, a position she has held since October 2020.
Ms. Denari joined Brunswick after spending 20 years in a variety of executive positions within the automotive industry, and in leadership positions at major global consulting firms. From 2014-2020, Ms. Denari worked at ZF AG in a variety of roles, including the final 3 years as SVP leading the ADAS (advanced driver assist systems) business, a $1B+ segment within Global Electronics. In her current role, she is responsible for the largest boat portfolio in the recreational marine industry with many of the leading U.S. and international brands.
Ms. Denari has a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Detroit Mercy and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. In addition, Ms. Denari has a bachelor's degree from University College in Dublin, Ireland. Ms. Denari serves as a non-executive Board Director of Masco Corporation, NMMA Executive Board and a Member of a Technical Advisory Committee for Gentherm.
Brett A. Dibkey
Executive Vice President and President, Navico Group
Brett A. Dibkey serves as executive vice president and president of the Navico Group, a position he has held since January 2020.
Mr. Dibkey joined 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 Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Brenna D. Preisser
Executive Vice President, President, Business Acceleration
Brenna Preisser is the Executive Vice President, President, Business Acceleration – a division of Brunswick focused on expanding marine participation through boater services and shared access models.
Ms. Preisser leads a portfolio of businesses including Freedom Boat Club - the largest national boat club operation in the industry, financial services, and new ventures such as Boateka, a direct-to-consumer pre-owned boat refurbishment and sales business and All Blue Planet, an enterprise social sustainability initiative to extend recreational water access. In 2022, Business Acceleration acquired J&R Marine, enhancing its portfolio of boater services with the addition of several marinas and dealerships in the southeast.
In her capacity as strategy officer, Ms. Preisser leads business transformation which includes identifying new growth laneways and platforms for business model innovation.
Since joining the company in 2004, Ms. Preisser has been in charge of reforming company culture and evolving the business operating model. She was elected Brunswick’s vice president and chief human resources officer effective March 31, 2016 through December 7, 2021 where she established Brunswick as a Forbes best place to work company.
Ms. Preisser has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Ohio University in Athens, and a Masters of Business Administration from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.
Michael D. Adams
Vice President – Chief Information Officer
Michael D. Adams was named vice president - chief information officer in October 2020. In this role, he is responsible for leading and overseeing the vision, strategy and operations of Brunswick’s IT organization. In addition, he provides strategic leadership and direction for Brunswick and its business units while delivering technology solutions that will continue to drive innovation and operational excellence throughout the organization.
Mr. Adams held various leadership roles since joining the company including Chief Architect, interim Chief Information Security Officer, Vice President of Infrastructure, Cloud, and Operations and, most recently, Divisional CIO for Business Acceleration. In addition, he is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt who will continue to transform Brunswick’s digital capability globally.
Prior to joining Brunswick, Mr. Adams spent 15 years at DuPont in various leadership roles in Global Infrastructure and Data Transformation. Adams earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and Bachelor of Science from William & Mary and his Master of Business Administration, specializing in international business and global management, from Drexel University.
Randall S. Altman
Senior Vice President – Controller
Randall S. Altman became senior vice president – controller a position he has held since June 2019. Previously, he had been vice president – treasurer since March 2013. Mr. Altman previously served as vice president and chief financial officer for Brunswick Bowling & Billiards, a position he 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’s degree in accounting and his Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University.
Lauren E. Beckstedt
Vice President – Chief Marketing Officer
Lauren E. Beckstedt was named vice president - chief marketing officer for Brunswick Corporation in September 2021, overseeing marketing efforts across the Company’s portfolio of global brands.
Ms. Beckstedt is most notably recognized for her leadership in digital transformation across a portfolio of 50+ brands, with experience in B2B, B2C and dual-distribution models. She also transformed the Company’s marketing operating model and organizational structure to deliver stronger brand discipline and establish new capabilities in consumer insights, digital product management and marketing analytics.
Ms. Beckstedt joined the Company in 2010 through the former Brunswick division Life Fitness, where she served in several roles of increasing responsibility, including director of marketing and strategy. She later held internal roles within the Company’s talent management and employment brand functions before moving into chief marketing officer roles across Brunswick’s consumer brands and enterprise services.
Ms. Beckstedt holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. In 2021, she was recognized by Boating Industry Magazine as a “Top 40 Under 40” award recipient and also earned the publication’s “Women Making Waves” award.
Jeffry K. Behan
Vice President – Corporate Strategy
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.
Mr. Behan held several positions of increasing responsibility at Mercury before becoming general manager of the company’s parts and accessories business unit in 2002, gaining a strong knowledge of its products, channels and consumers. In 2004, he moved to the Brunswick Boat Group where he was responsible for strategy, business planning and acquisitions. Mr. Behan recently added the newly created role of president of 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.
Neha J. Clark
Senior Vice President – Enterprise Finance
Neha J. Clark was named Senior Vice President, Enterprise Finance of Brunswick Corporation in May 2022, overseeing the Company’s global investor relations, treasury, and mergers & acquisitions functions.
Ms. Clark joined Brunswick in March 2019 as Chief Financial Officer for Brunswick Boat Group and expanded her role to also include Vice President of Strategy. She also served as the interim president for Brunswick Boat Group prior to Aine Denari joining the company.
Prior to Brunswick, Ms. Clark spent over 20 years in a variety of leadership positions across industries, including Chief Financial Officer for Lifeway Foods and Chief Financial Officer – North American Food & Consumer Flexibles for Transcontinental (formerly Coveris Packaging). Previous to this, she held finance and leadership roles with Kraft Heinz Co. and Grant Thornton.
Ms. Clark is currently a member of the Board of Directors for MGP Ingredients. She is a Certified Public Accountant and received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Indiana University.
Christopher F. Dekker
Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer
Chris Dekker is Brunswick’s executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer, roles he has held since 2014. He leads the team providing legal services to the Brunswick enterprise, and is also responsible for enterprise ethics, compliance, and environmental, health and safety functions. Since 2021, he has been leading the enterprise sustainability team.
Mr. Dekker also serves as the corporate secretary and works with the company’s board of directors and management regarding securities and governance matters. Before his appointment as general counsel in 2014, he served as associate general counsel responsible for litigation, employment, and compliance matters. He joined the Company in 2010.
Before joining Brunswick, Mr. Dekker was employed in the law department at Caterpillar Inc. beginning in 2001 and served in a variety of roles. Before joining Caterpillar, he was a partner at the Chicago law firm now known as Dykema Gossett.
Mr. Dekker earned his BA degree in English from the University of Michigan and his JD from DePaul University College of Law.
Lee B. Gordon
Vice President – Corporate Communications, Public Affairs and Global Public Relations
Lee B. Gordon was named vice president - corporate communications, public affairs and global public relations of Brunswick Corporation in October 2020.
Mr. Gordon is responsible for all global communications, public affairs, public relations, and media relations for Brunswick Corporation and its divisions including Brunswick Corporate, Mercury Marine, Brunswick Boat Group, Advanced Systems Group and Business Acceleration. In addition, Mr. Gordon has accountability for directing media relations, financial communications, government and community relations, enterprise internal communications and crisis communications for the Company and its brands.
Mr. Gordon joined Brunswick Corporation’s Mercury Marine division in 2014 as director of global public relations. Prior to working at Brunswick, Mr. Gordon had a 15-year career as an Emmy-nominated television news and sports anchor for CBS and FOX as well as a sideline reporter for the NFL on FOX and ESPN Radio. During his career, Mr. Gordon won 25 Associated Press awards while covering some of the world’s biggest events such as Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, and multiple Super Bowls.
Mr. Gordon is a member of the Advisory Board of Directors for Lurie’s Children’s Hospital in Chicago and has a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Illinois State University and a Master of Business Administration from Florida State University.
Jill M. Wrobel
Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Jill M. Wrobel was named executive vice president and chief human resources officer in December 2021.
Ms. Wrobel joined Brunswick in December 2020 as vice president, enterprise human resources and transformation leader. In her current role, she has been responsible for leading human resources strategy across the Company and partnering with senior leadership to develop organizational design and talent strategies to enhance Brunswick’s performance and capability. In her new role, Ms. Wrobel will have responsibility for all aspects of the human resource function.
Ms. Wrobel joined the Company after spending eight years in a variety of executive human resources positions within Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., most recently as group vice president, global HR business strategy and HR M&A integration, where she played a key leadership role in many of the company’s M&A transactions. Previously, she served in several roles of increasing responsibility with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Wrobel is currently a member of the Board of Directors at the Melanoma Research Foundation.