Mercury Marine names new vice president

FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Mercury Marine has named David Foulkes as the company’s vice president of research and development, the company said in a recent statement.

Foulkes joins Mercury with more than 20 years of engineering experience. He spent the last 17 years in a variety of engineering and management positions with Ford Motor Company in Europe and the United States.

In this role, Foulkes will lead Mercury’s engineering teams in analyzing technological trends and developing and delivering products that meet customer needs.

Foulkes will join Mercury Marine Oct. 29, and will work at the company’s headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wis.

During his tenure at Ford, Foulkes was responsible for developing a variety of gasoline and diesel engine-system technologies, alternative fuel and powertrain projects, racing applications and vehicle integration activities, including Ford’s first in-house direct-injected gasoline engine, six-speed transmissions; and next generation I4, V6 and V8 engines, transmissions and all-wheel-drive systems. His product program leadership stretched from inception through launch and included cost and quality responsibilities. He also chaired a joint industry/government advanced combustion-engine team as part of the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles Program and led the development of the diesel powertrain for the Ford Hybrid Vehicle Program. Foulkes has received three U.S. patents.

Prior to Ford, Foulkes served as an offshore structures engineer for Shell Exploration & Production and worked for the Ministry of Defense in the United Kingdom.

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