Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake names president

Eddie Wilkinson is moving up within the ranks of Bendix. A 17-year veteran of the company, Wilkinson has been named president of Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake(BSFB), leaving his position as vice president of quality and product safety with Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems.

BSFB is a joint venture of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products. BSFB also named Aaron Schwass vice president and general manager, and Gary Ganaway director of marketing and global customer solutions.

“Eddie is seasoned in our business and our operations practices, and he has been a significant and consistent contributor to quality, productivity, and process improvements,” said Joe McAleese, Bendix president & CEO. “As a leader in the Bendix organization, his achievements include directing significant business growth and manufacturing expansion, while recognizing the importance of employee development, community involvement, and facility investment. Eddie is an insightful and intuitive leader who has what it takes to guide BSFB into the next phase of its dynamic growth. In his new role, I am confident that he will further strengthen Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake’s leadership position.”

In addition to his duties with Bendix Vehicle Commercial Systems, Wilkinson has served with Schwass since July 2011 as interim general manager of Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake wheel-end business.

Wilkinson began his career at Bendix and Honeywell Aerospace/AlliedSignal (former owners of Bendix) in 1995 and moved to the Bendix team in 1999. In 2002, he was named Bendix Mexico country manager. He was named to the Bendix Leadership Committee in 2005 and a year later he was named Bendix operations director, working out of the Bendix headquarters, in Elyria, OH.

In his new position, Schwass will oversee drum and disc brake operations, engineering operations in Kalamazoo, MI; and BSFB’s manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, KY.

Ganaway will lead the company’s global growth efforts and oversee all wheel-end product lines.

Bendix also announced that Andreea Raaber, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC vice president of business development, has been named to the board of MERA, the Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Assn.

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