Bracht replaces Wolfgang Dangel, who has led Bosch Rexroth Corp. since April 2003. Dangel is leaving to accept a leadership position with the Schaeffler Group, a global manufacturer of roller bearings and other automotive and industrial products.
“We are pleased that we have an executive of Berend’s stature to take this important position and continue the forward momentum we have developed in the United States,” said Manfred Grundke, chairman of the executive board for parent company Bosch Rexroth AG. “Berend has an excellent combination of managerial skill and technical understanding that we look for in our senior executives. He’s had advanced technical leadership responsibilities on three continents during the past 15 years, and thus we know he has a truly global perspective.”
Grundke points out that Bracht will continue Bosch Rexroth’s close relationships with distributors, while developing new initiatives to enhance and promote the company’s technology leadership.
Bracht said he is looking forward to working within the U.S. market again. “Bosch Rexroth has a strong management team and many wonderful employees,” said Bracht. “Wolfgang provided leadership and direction for the company. I’m eager to succeed with our employees and customers and continue the company’s vision and strategy for growth, service and partnership,” he said.
Bracht started his career with the company in 1991 as a hydraulics sales engineer in Munich, and has held various positions with the company. He became vice president and general manager of the company’s Standard Products operation in 1999. With the merger of Bosch and Rexroth in 2001, Bracht was appointed vice president and general manager for the U.S. Industrial Hydraulics group. He accepted the position as CEO for Bosch Rexroth China in 2004.