A longtime Mercury Marine engineer and project leader, Stuart Halley picks up the general manager reins at Mercury Racing at one of the most exciting times in the Fond du Lac, Wis., high-performance marine engine and accessories company’s history. Today’s news of Mercury Marine and Mercury Racing going with a new 4.6-liter V-8 platform across much of its outboard engine family is as sweeping as such changes ever get.
Stuart Halley begins his tenure at Mercury Racing on the heels of major outboard engine platform introduction.
Right now, the 55-year-old Halley is a man in transition—he’s still doing his old job as Mercury Marine’s PD&E Director (Program Management & Product Planning), a position he’s held since 2011, while settling into his new one. (He’s been with the company in various roles for 25 years.) So far since he took over, he’s picked the formidable brains of former Mercury Racing president Fred Kiekhaefer and former general manager Erik Christiansen. But he hasn’t had time for much else.
“I have had two half-days at the Mercury Racing facility so far,” said Halley during in an interview three days ago. “I’m actually sitting cross town at the Mercury Marine West Campus.”