Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) announced Thursday that five additional employees have been accepted into – or promoted within – the company's Technical Career Path curriculum. The appointments bring the total to 26 Brunswick product development and engineering (PD&E) employees who are participating in the program. Joining or advancing within the Technical Career Path since the beginning of 2016, have been the following individuals:
- Fred Herrington, technical specialist, Naval Architecture (Recreational Boat Group);
- Jonathan Flesher, technical specialist, Naval Architecture (European Boat Group;
- Ryan Solberg, technical associate, Electronics Technology and Software (Recreational Boat Group);
- Chris Misorski, technical advisor, Materials Science (Mercury Marine); and
- Mike Torgerud, technical specialist, Fuel Systems (Mercury Marine).
Launched in September 2015, Brunswick's Technical Career Path is designed to identify, develop and advance employees with critical technical skills. The Path operates within the PD&E organizations of Brunswick marine and fitness businesses, in parallel with – and as an alternative to – the company's existing more traditional managerial career path, offering similar progression opportunities through multiple salary grade levels. It is based on the Technical Specialist Program, which has been operated by Mercury Marine for some time.
The company said throughout Brunswick, in many technical disciplines, it has talented leaders who are relied upon by colleagues within their respective businesses and, in many cases, within the corporation as a whole, to advance the application of their technical discipline, drive product innovation and provide technical advice, guidance and problem-solving ability.
"The Technical Career Path Program, believed to be the most comprehensive in the global marine and fitness industries, is designed to first help drive technology and innovation consistent with our strategy to achieve product leadership; but, just as importantly, will help attract, develop, motivate and retain the talent that is so important to supporting our aggressive growth strategy moving forward," said David Foulkes, Brunswick's chief technical officer. "We see it as an important element to our maintaining our competitive advantage."