Andy Thompson Named Aluminum Boat Group President; Dirk Hyde To Retire

Mettawa, IL — Brunswick Corporation named Andy Thompson president of its Aluminum Boat Group division effective immediately. Thompson will oversee all commercial and operational aspects of the Aluminum Boat Group division, which includes brands Harris, Crestliner, Lund, Lowe, Thunder Jet and Princecraft. Thompson succeeds Dirk Hyde who will be retiring later this summer after more than 30 years with the company.

Prior to joining Brunswick, Thompson was the Chief Operating Officer for REV Fire Group and has decades of executive experience in transformation and growth from various industries including defense, aerospace, medical, industrial automation and automotive. Thompson also brings deep operational efficiency expertise holding a Six Sigma Black Belt and LEAN Manufacturing Green Belt designations.

“This is an incredible opportunity to join Brunswick Corporation and work with an exceptional team of leaders and elite portfolio of products,” said Thompson. “I look forward to immersing myself in the company culture, establishing relationships with the dealer network and building on the tremendous success of the Aluminum Boat Group.” 

“We are thrilled to have Andy join Brunswick and lead the Aluminum Boat Group. Andy brings a strong experience base in developing, manufacturing, and selling complex mobility solutions, as well as a track record of leadership and delivery. I am confident he will add great value, building on the success of the industry-leading brands within the division and more broadly for Brunswick,” said Aine Denari, President, Brunswick Boat Group. “We also want to thank Dirk for his three decades of immeasurable leadership at Brunswick managing our award-winning brands and for all that he has done as an advocate for the marine industry.”

About Brunswick Corporation

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) is the global leader in marine recreation, delivering innovation that transforms experiences on the water and beyond. Our unique, technology-driven solutions are informed and inspired by deep consumer insights and powered by our belief that “Next Never Rests™”. Brunswick is dedicated to industry leadership, to being the best and most trusted partner to our many customers and to building synergies and ecosystems that enable us to challenge convention and define the future. Brunswick is home to more than 60 industry-leading brands. In the category of Marine Propulsion, these brands include, Mercury Marine, Mercury Racing, MerCruiser and Flite. Brunswick’s comprehensive collection of parts, accessories, distribution and technology brands includes Mercury Parts & Accessories, Land ‘N’ Sea, Lowrance, Simrad, B&G, Mastervolt, RELiON, Attwood and Whale. Our boat brands are some of the best known in the world, including Boston Whaler, Lund, Sea Ray, Bayliner, Harris Pontoons, Princecraft and Quicksilver. Our service, digital and shared-access businesses include Freedom Boat Club, Boateka and a range of financing, insurance and extended warranty businesses. While focused primarily on the marine industry, Brunswick also successfully leverages its portfolio of advanced technologies to deliver an exceptional suite of solutions in mobile and industrial applications. Headquartered in Mettawa, IL, Brunswick has more than 17,000 employees operating in 25 countries. In 2023, Brunswick was named by Forbes as a World’s Best Employer and as one of America’s Most Responsible Companies by Newsweek, both for the fourth consecutive year. The Company was also named to the 2023 list of Best Companies to Work For by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Most Responsible Companies by Newsweek. For more information, visit

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