Farmington Hills, Mich. – June 28, 2024 – Akebono Brake Corporation is proud to announce the addition of Erick Kinnunen as our new Regional Sales Manager. With an impressive 40 years of experience in aftermarket sales, training, and management, Erick brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to our team.

Erick's enthusiasm for cars started early, inspired by his grandfather's restoration projects. As a dedicated Aftermarket Enthusiast, he understands the importance of education and training in achieving profitable sales for distributors and service centers. Erick's commitment to exceeding customer expectations and fostering business growth for our distribution partners is unwavering.
"I am excited to join Akebono Brake Corporation and look forward to driving success through dedication and a deep passion for the automotive aftermarket," said Erick. "Every customer deserves a choice, and I am committed to ensuring they have the best options available."

When he's not at work, Erick enjoys spending quality time with his family, friends, and grandsons. An avid mountain biker, he is always on the lookout for new trails to explore. In the fall, you can find him cheering on the Seattle Seahawks!

"We are thrilled to welcome Erick Kinnunen to the Akebono aftermarket team. His extensive experience and passion for the automotive industry make him a perfect fit for our mission to deliver top-quality brakes and exceptional service to our customers. We are confident that his expertise will help drive our growth and strengthen our presence in the market," said Tommy Rivera, Sr. Director of Akebono Aftermarket Team at Akebono Brake Corporation.

About Akebono Brake Corporation
Akebono Brake Corporation, North America’s leading supplier of advanced braking systems and pioneer of ceramic friction technology. A leader in ceramic friction material development and production, with a focus on noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), analysis and control. Akebono sells Ultra-Premium Disc Brake Pads, Made in the USA for the Automotive Aftermarket under the brands ProACT, EURO, Akebono Performance, and Severe Duty. For more information, visit www.akebonobrakes.com

About Akebono Brake Industry Co, Ltd.
Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd. (TSE: 7238), founded in 1929, is a world leader in advanced brake and friction material development and production. The Akebono Group operates R&D centers and manufacturing facilities worldwide, including in Japan, the United States, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.akebono-brake.com/english/index.html.