Leader marks 25 years at Bendix

What can a leader achieve during 25 years of service to an organization and an industry? If he's Joe McAleese, president and chief executive officer of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, it's revenue growth, market penetration, seamless merger activities, employee satisfaction, and a consistent reputation for safety.

McAleese joined Bendix corporate audit department Sept 10, 1982, shortly after graduating from Ohio's Bowling Green State University with a bachelor's of science and master's degrees in accounting.

Since his selection as the company's president in 2001, and after its acquisition by the German-based Knorr-Bremse Group in 2002, Bendix sales have more than doubled. McAleese added the CEO role in 2003, and the company is on course to realize $1 billion in revenues by 2009.

Referred to as the Bendix “change agent,” McAleese has helped spearhead a string of seamless merger activities that have impacted growth. Most notable was the formation of the company's first joint venture: Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC. In less than three years since launching the venture with the Dana Corp, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake has already grown its sales by more than 15 percent.

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