MATS: New president named for Bendix brake venture

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — An automotive industry veteran has been handed a key leadership role at Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake.

Walter Frankiewicz has been appointed president of Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, the joint venture of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products.

Frankiewicz replaces Kishor Pendse, who will retire from Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake by the end of 2009. Until that time, Pendse will assume the role of general manager, while he assists in the changeover of responsibilities to Frankiewicz. The transition will extend through the end of June, at which time Pendse will assist Knorr-Bremse and Bendix in key strategic projects through the end of the year.

Pendse has served as president of Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake since its inception in January 2004.

A 27-year automotive industry veteran, Frankiewicz comes to Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake from Alcoa, Inc. He served as president for Alcoa Electrical and Electronic Solutions, leading a critical strategic business transition from the heavily concentrated light-vehicle automotive commodity segment to the commercial market. Prior to joining Alcoa, Frankiewicz served several terms at ArvinMeritor Automotive in Troy, Mich., where he most recently filled the role of vice-president and general manager, Special Projects and Global Chassis.

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