FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — Akebono Brake Corp. has hired Russ Stebbins to the newly created position of director, aftermarket business unit, for the brake friction materials manufacturer.
Mr. Stebbins is responsible for securing new opportunities for growth of the company's aftermarket business in the NAFTA region and Latin America.
"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," said Wilm Uhlenbecker, president and CEO.
"Russ' experience in growing technology brands will help us develop the strategies to grow this business."
Mr. Stebbins most recently was director of the automotive aftermarket for Lumileds L.L.C. and previously held several positions at various global locations with TRW Automotive (now ZF Friedrichshafen AG).
Mr. Stebbins will be based in Farmington Hills and will report to Mr. Uhlenbecker.