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New CEO and President at TMD Friction


Brake friction materials manufacturer, TMD Friction has appointed David Baines as Group CEO and President, effective from August 1, 2019.

David Baines

Baines will replace current CEO, Tetsuya Kumakawa who will leave TMD Friction and be appointed at a senior management position inside parent company, Nisshinbo Group.

Baines has more than 30 years’ experience inside TMD Friction across a variety of management roles and disciplines, and has accumulated extensive knowledge of the global automotive market.

During the last 15 years of his career with TMD Friction, David Baines has held a variety of customer facing roles from regional management to strategic planning and global marketing, and for the last five years has held the overall worldwide responsibility for the independent aftermarket business unit inside TMD Friction.