Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake names Wilkinson president

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Eddie Wilkinson has been appointed president of Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, where he will provide executive oversight for the entire business. The company also has named Aaron Schwass vice president and general manager, and Gary Ganaway director of marketing and global customer solutions.

Wilkinson is a 17-year veteran of Bendix and has served as Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems’ vice president of quality and product safety since 2007. Since last July, he also served, with Schwass, as interim general manager of the Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake wheel-end business.

“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,” says Joe McAleese, Bendix president and chief executive officer. “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.”

Both Schwass and Ganaway will report to Wilkinson. Schwass will oversee drum and disc brake operations, engineering operations in Kalamazoo, Mich., and the company’s manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Ky. Ganaway will lead the company’s global growth efforts, oversee all wheel-end product lines and be a leader in aligning worldwide customer strategies with the North American market.