Brunswick New Technologies Promotes Doyle To CEO
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BRUNSWICK NEW TECHNOLOGIES
TO CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER; NAMES DIVLJAKOVIC
Auckland NZ (April 12, 2005) -- Brunswick New Technologies (BNT) today announced it has promoted Jim Doyle to be its chief operating officer, while naming Voyl Divljakovic president of its Navman unit.
Both Divljakovic and Doyle will report to T.J. Chung, BNT president, with Peter Maire continuing as chairman of Navman. BNT is a unit of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC).
“These appointments reflect both our desire to continue the tremendous growth and accomplishments we have achieved at BNT over the past few years as well as the depth and breadth of the management talent within our organization,” explained Chung. “Jim Doyle is a veteran of Navman, who will continue to provide a steady hand at Navman’s New Zealand base, while sharing his expertise and wisdom with other BNT units to advance overall operational efficiencies, productivity and quality.”
Doyle, who joined Navman in 1998 as general manager, most recently had been holding down the dual roles of president – Navman integrated operations as well as vice president of operations for BNT. During his tenure at Navman, Doyle also had served at chief operating officer of the Auckland-based firm since 2002. As COO, Doyle will have primary operating responsibilities for all BNT business units, including continuing to be responsible for Navman operations in New Zealand. Simultaneously, Doyle will become more involved in helping shape the long-term BNT organizational structure to ensure quality and operational efficiencies, according to Chung.
According to Chung, Doyle will also be responsible for driving Brunswick’s High Performance Product Development (HPPD) process throughout BNT. HPPD is aimed at better designing and engineering products. Doyle will also champion implementing Brunswick’s Lean Six Sigma productivity and quality initiatives throughout all BNT operations.
“Jim will continue to play an instrumental role in both improving the efficiency of current operations by implementing effective management processes across BNT, while preparing Brunswick New Technologies for the future,” Chung said. “He will be responsible for creating and executing an operational environment that is appropriate and scalable to rapidly expand in line with our growth expectations. He will also shepherd such key strategic initiatives as BNT’s emerging land-based GPS applications and “fast tracking” products to market.”
“At the same time, Voyl Divljakovic brings a wealth of engineering and product development experience to his new role at Navman,” Chung explained. “His skills and experience will complement the rich pool of talent already residing within the Navman executive management team. With the addition of Voyl, we are further solidifying our management team as we continue to expand Navman’s product line-up and influence around the globe from its New Zealand base.”
Divljakovic most recently was with Brunswick’s Life Fitness Division, where since 2003 he had served as executive vice president – integrated operations, overseeing engineering, manufacturing and supply chain functions for all commercial and consumer cardiovascular and strength-training products. Prior to that assignment, Divljakovic spent three years with Mercury Marine, another Brunswick unit, where he served as vice president of research and development. Prior to joining Brunswick, Divljakovic spent five years as director of new product development at the U.S. Electrical Motors Division of Emerson Electric.
A native of Zagreb, Croatia, Divljakovic earned his doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Zagreb, and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Doyle, who remains responsible for Navman’s New Zealand operations, will continue to be based in Auckland. Divljakovic is expected to be in Auckland for several months as he becomes more familiar with the business and Navman personnel. He will then return to BNT’s headquarters in the U.S., where he will be best positioned to coordinate Navman’s overall global efforts with those of other BNT units, Chung said.
Brunswick New Technologies
Brunswick New Technologies (BNT) includes Navman marine and GPS-based products; Northstar Technologies marine navigational systems; Integrated Dealer Systems marine dealer management systems; and MotoTron advanced engine control systems. BNT is a unit of Brunswick Corporation.