Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) announced Monday that Huw Bower has been named president of the Brunswick Boat Group.
Bower joined Brunswick in 2006 and became president of Boston Whaler in 2013.
He will now be responsible for the 14 brands which comprise the Brunswick Boat Group. These include Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Brunswick Commercial and Government Products, Crestliner, Cypress Cay, Harris, Lowe, Lund, Meridian, Princecraft, Quicksilver, Rayglass, Sea Ray and Uttern. Bower will be based at Brunswick’s corporate headquarters in Lake Forest.
Previous Boat Group President Andy Graves left the company in 2014.
“Huw’s track record of accomplishment and demonstrated leadership capabilities will serve him well in this new assignment,” Mark D. Schwabero, chairman and CEO of Brunswick Corp., said. “Under his direction at various Brunswick brands, Huw has consistently grown the business, adeptly led new product development and market launches, improved efficiencies, deepened our relationships with key partners, and imbued a winning spirit and confidence among his colleagues.”
Reporting to Bower will be Jeff Kinsey, president – Freshwater Boats; Tim Schiek, president – Recreation Boats; Donald Dubois, president – European Boat Group, and Bower’s eventual successor at Boston Whaler Group, an announcement which is expected to be made soon.
As president – Boston Whaler Group, Bower was responsible for managing the Boston Whaler, Brunswick Commercial & Government Products, Rayglass and Brunswick’s European boat brands. Prior to that, Bower served as president – Lowe Boats. He joined Brunswick in 2006, initially leading the strategic planning and business development functions for Brunswick’s outboard-powered boat brands.
Bower has a master of arts from the University of Edinburgh and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He was a captain in the British Army, and served with Royal Marine Commando units in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Huw’s well-deserved promotion is testimony to the depth, talent and bench strength that we have developed through the years at Brunswick,” Schwabero said.