Bendix names John Kemer vp & gm of valves and modules

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has named John Kemer vice president and general manager of its Valves and Modules unit. Kemer also becomes the newest member of the Bendix Leadership Committee and joins the two-person Controls Governance Board.

Kemer (at right) joined Bendix as a staff engineer in 1996, managing a complex line of pneumatic valves. Since then, he has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility with the Valves and Modules business unit, most recently serving as director. In his new role, he assumes executive oversight of the Valves and Modules group, providing strategic and business team leadership. He also joins Claus Beyer, vice president and gm, Brake Controls and Electronics Technology, on Bendix’s Controls Governance Board.

“In his 18 years of serving our company, John has been instrumental to the success of the Valves and Modules group, demonstrating daily what makes him a strong Bendix leader – from exceptional emotional intelligence and integrity to a personal standard for quality that yields consistent, thorough, decisive, and timely results,” said Joe McAleese, Bendix president and CEO. “I am confident that our Valves and Modules business will thrive under his leadership.”

Kemer is a graduate of the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, holding a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. He is also a graduate of the Bendix Strategic Leadership Program.

In an associated move, nine-year Bendix veteran Scott Burkhart (at left) has assumed the new role of vice president, Sales, Marketing, and Business Development.

A seasoned executive with three decades of experience in the trucking and automotive industries, Burkhart previously served Bendix as vice president and general manager, Controls and Modules.

In his new role, Burkhart will provide senior executive leadership of Bendix’s product marketing, customer strategy, and business development initiatives. He will also continue serving on the Bendix Leadership Committee.

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