MCHENRY, Ill. — Brake Parts Inc. (BPI) has made a pair of management changes following the retirements of Patrick Keane, vice president of global distribution, and Dave Sather, vice president of global sourcing, at the end of the second quarter.
Al Biemer will take on an expanded role in the company as vice president of supply chain while Chris Mapes has joined BPI as vice president of global sourcing.
Mr. Biemer will assume responsibility for global distribution and transportation in addition to his current responsibilities of inventory and planning. In his new role, he also will manage the global supply chain with a focus on enhanced order fulfillment. He joined BPI in 2013 as vice president of product demand and inventory planning.
Mr. Mapes most recently was chief procurement officer at Xylem Inc. and has more than 20 years of experience leading supply chain and operations teams.
During his 32-year tenure, Mr. Keane has held a number of positions in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. His career at BPI began as materials/manufacturing manager at Continental Hydraulic Hose. He eventually was promoted to vice president of the chassis group in 2008 followed by vice president of global distribution in 2010.
Meanwhile, Mr. Sather joined BPI in 2008 as vice president of global sourcing, a role where he has managed and overseen global sourcing and vendor relationships around the world. During his 10 years at BPI, Mr. Sather drove the supplier financing program that contributed to the company's overall growth and profitability, the company said.