Aftermarket Field Sales Force Announcements

Farmington Hills, Mich. — January 2, 2019 — Akebono Brake Corporation today announced several organizational changes to the aftermarket field sales team.

Mike Spain has been promoted to the position of Eastern Region Sales Manager.  Bill Perlmutter, our newest member of the team, shown in photo, has been added to fill the Eastern District Sales Manager position that Mike has held for the last 5 years. Bill comes to Akebono from the Hengst Filter’s aftermarket division.  Bill is a veteran in the industry and has extensive experience in the Eastern Region.

Additionally, Brian Horvath has been appointed to the newly created role of, National Group Sales Manager. His focus will be to work directly with the National Buying Groups to increase our partnership with their members.

“These changes are a result of our continued growth and increased dedication to our direct customers and trading partners” said Russ Stebbins, Director of Americas, Akebono Aftermarket Business Unit. “It was important for us as a team to finalize these positions before the end of 2018. We have many opportunities in 2019 and these changes and additions will strengthen the Aftermarket team for the growth that we are targeting this year and in the future”.


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About Akebono Brake Corporation

Akebono Brake Corporation is a leader in advanced brake and friction material development and production, with a focus on noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) analysis and control. Akebono manufactures a wide range of brake friction materials and foundation brake assemblies, including disc brake calipers and drum brakes. The company’s commitment to innovation, process improvement, quality control and customer service has positioned it as a key resource for leading OEMs, Tier I brake suppliers and the automotive aftermarket. For more information, visit

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. Akebono has been supplying and jointly developing brake systems with the McLaren Formula 1 team since 2007. For more information, visit



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Akebono Brake Corporation

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