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AASA Announces New Additions To Council Executive Committees


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The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) announced additions to council leadership positions.

Council executive-committee members work together to provide leadership, direction and expertise for their specific council and strive to create an enriching and important networking group.  

The Brake Manufacturers Council announced that John Bennett, managing director of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Detroit, was appointed incoming chairperson for the coming year. The council thanked and honored Mark Phipps, director of engineering for Bosch Brake Components, for his service as chairperson over the past three years.   

The China Aftermarket Forum (CAF) announced that Ricky Wang, general manager, APAC, Wegman Automotive China, has been nominated the chair of the CAF executive committee. Lily Wang, deputy general manager, FORVIA, has been named to the executive committee of the council.  

The Marketing Executives Council announced that the following individuals have joined the executive committee for the coming year: Aaron Shaffer, associate director of marketing, Standard Motor Products; Anna Heinendirk, director of marketing, strategy and business development, automotive aftermarket for Schaeffler Group USA; and Mario Garza, vice president of marketing, Motorcar Parts of America.

Modern Industry eXpertise (MiX) announced Ryan Devine, director, global product management, engineering and program management, Dana Inc., as incoming chairman for the ensuing year, and Angela Golden, senior marketing manager, repair and cross brands, First Brands Group, as member of the MiX executive committee. At the spring meeting, the council honored and thanked Brian Lesiewicz, general manager, sales and marketing, NGK Park Plugs (USA), for his years of service as the chair of the executive committee.  

The Mobility Technology Council announced Brian Daugherty, chief technology officer, Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association, as a member of the council’s executive committee. 

Supply Chain and Operations Forum has named the following individuals to the council’s inaugural executive committee: Dave Haley, senior vice president, operations, Cloyes; Joe Wright, director, Americas operations, DENSO Products and Services Americas; and Colin Tisch, vice president, corporate supply chain, Standard Motor Products.

The AASA AAPEX Events Committee added two vice chairs: Lisa Chamness, event manager, BG Products, and Jackie Donahue, marketing manager, experiential, NGK Park Plugs (USA). Three new members have been named to the AASA AAPEX Events Committee advisory group: Erica Chekaway, sales operations manager, automotive, hardware and textile, GOJO; Joe Kahle, U.S. marketing manager, Spectra Premium; and April Fristachi, marketing coordinator, Standard Motor Products.  

The Intellectual Property Committee (IPC) has nominated Max Faistenhammer, brand protection and security manager, DRiV, as the chair of the executive leadership team. New to the executive leadership team is Vice Chair Antun Peakovic, director and chief IP, Americas, Schaeffler. Three new members have been named to the IPC advisory group: Diane MacDonald, corporate counsel, NTN Bearing; Todd Pleiness, senior IP counsel (CRP), MAHLE; and Eliza Crowther Boenigk, associate counsel, Standard Motor Products.  

Learn more about AASA councils and committees 

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