Bendix appoints new President and CEO

Braking specialist Bendix has appointed Berend Bracht as President, CEO and a member of its executive board as of 1 July 2015.

At that time, Chairman, President and CEO, Joe McAleese, will step fully into his role as Bendix chairman, a role he has held since 2014.

“Berend possesses a wealth of leadership experience on the global stage and the keen ability to grow businesses both organically and via acquisition. These skills are vital for a senior executive in today’s dynamic commercial vehicle marketplace,” McAleese said.

“We are very excited that he is joining Bendix. He’s an established leader with strong strategic vision, outstanding cross-functional experience from the technical, sales and financial roles he’s held and the ability to further advance and expand our business in new and compelling ways.”

“I’m truly honoured to become a member of the Bendix team as the new President and CEO. Alongside the outstanding management team and talented employees in place at Bendix, I will focus on continuing to build on the organisation’s strong foundation, momentum, customer focus and innovative mindset,” Bracht said in a statement.

Upon Bracht’s arrival, Bendix will transition from a two-person executive board to a three-person board. Bracht will join McAleese and the other current member, Chief Operating Officer Carlos Hungria.

Bracht comes to Bendix after an accomplished 24-year career at Bosch Rexroth, currently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer. In that post since 2007, he led the company to $1.4 billion in annual sales, oversaw the acquisition of a hydraulic distribution company in Chile and drove a substantial and sustained increase in sales volume within the Americas sector of the global Bosch Rexroth organisation.

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