FOND DU LAC, Wis. – John Temple, general manager of Mercury Marine’s Australia, New Zealand and Pacific (ANZP) region business, will retire at the end of 2014 after 35 years with the company.
Will Sangster, director of sales in the ANZP region, will be appointed general manager to replace Temple upon his retirement. Sangster recently completed a five-month assignment at Mercury’s world headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, as part of his transition into his new role. Temple and Sangster will work together closely over the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition of regional leadership responsibilities.
Temple joined Mercury in 1979 and progressed through various roles of increasing responsibility until his appointment to the leadership role of the ANZP business in 2006. Temple has served as a director for a number of Brunswick Corporation companies and with several marine industry associations and boards throughout his career. He also has held responsibilities for various boat brands within the Brunswick portfolio. Brunswick is the parent company of Mercury Marine.
Sangster began his career with Mercury in 2008 as manager of the company’s Queensland region, and then relocated in 2009 to Melbourne as director of sales for all Mercury products. Prior to joining Mercury, Sangster held several business development and marketing roles, more recently for Intelematics and the special vehicles division of General Motors (HSV). He received a bachelor of commerce degree in 2003 from Deakin University.
Kevin Grodzki, president of Mercury Marine global sales and marketing, stated that Temple successfully steered the ANZP business, which has been recognized as one of the best-performing business units in Mercury’s global network of operations.
Grodzki also congratulated Sangster on his appointment, saying he has proved to be a great fit for this role and brings with him outstanding networking, leadership and customer-facing skills that will greatly assist Mercury in expanding its market share and growing its portfolio of products.