Akebono Brake Corp. has named Russ Stebbins to the newly created position of director, aftermarket business unit.
In his new role, Stebbins will be responsible for leveraging Akebono’s braking technologies to secure new opportunities for growth of the company’s aftermarket business in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Latin American (LATAM) regions.
Stebbins will be based in Farmington Hills, Mich., and will report to Wilm Uhlenbecker, Akebono’s CEO and president.
“Our reputation and success in delivering best-in-class friction products provides a strong platform by which to extend our value more widely in the aftermarket,” says Uhlenbecker. “Russ’ experience in growing technology brands will help us develop the strategies to grow this business.”
Stebbins joins the company from his most recent role as director of the automotive aftermarket for Lumileds LLC. Prior to that, he held several positions of increasing responsibility at various global locations with TRW Automotive (now ZF Friedrichshafen AG). Stebbins also worked at Takata Corp., Autoliv Inc., and Dura Automotive Systems LLC.