Akebono Brake Corp. has appoined Dr. Wilm Uhlenbecker as president and CEO effective immediately. He will succeed interim president and chief executive officer Kanji Miyajima, who will now serve as executive advisor to Dr. Uhlenbecker.
Dr. Uhlenbecker has held a series of leadership roles throughout his career. Most recently, he was president of MAHLE Behr USA, Inc., where he successfully led the acquisition and integration of Delphi’s Thermal Management North American business into MAHLE Behr. He joined Behr in 2007 as chief operating officer of Behr America where he led a successful turnaround of the company through strategic cost reductions and manufacturing footprint restructuring activities. Later he assumed the role of president and CEO of Behr America.
“We are excited to have Wilm join the Akebono family,” says Hisataka “Chuck” Nobumoto, president and CEO, Akebono Brake Industry Co. Ltd. “His track record of successful leadership in a multi-cultural global environment speaks for itself. He will be a valuable addition to our organization.”
Dr. Uhlenbecker’s prior experience includes management positions in engineering, quality and operations.