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May 7, 2015 2:10 PM, EDT

Berend Bracht Picked to Succeed Joe McAleese as Bendix CEO

Berend Bracht new Bendix CEO

Berend Bracht has been appointed to replace Joe McAleese as CEO of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, the Elyria, Ohio-based manufacturer of safety and braking systems for commercial vehicles.

Bracht will join Bendix on July 1 and also be a member of the board. McAleese will “step fully into his role as Bendix chairman, a role he has held since 2014,” the company's May 7 announcement said.

“Bracht comes to Bendix after an accomplished 24-year career at Bosch Rexroth, an international leader in drive and control technology headquartered in Germany,” Bendix said in the announcement.

Currently, Bracht is CEO of Bosch Rexroth Americas, a post he has held since 2007 and from which “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 organization,” Bendix said.

With Bracht onboard, Bendix said, the company “will transition from a two-person executive board — the company’s current corporate governance structure — to a three-person board.”

Bracht will join McAleese and the other current member, Chief Operating Officer Carlos Hungria, Bendix said.

Bendix has been a member of the Munich, Germany-based Knorr-Bremse Group since 2002. Knorr-Bremse is a worldwide supplier of pneumatic braking and related safety systems for commercial vehicle and railroad applications.