Hawkhead Automotive is pleased to announce that, effective immediately, Patrick Smith is appointed as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. Pat assumes the CEO position after serving since 1998 as Hawkhead’s Vice President of Sales.

Pat started his career in the friction material industry in 1971 with the old Raybestos Manhattan Company. He brings a strong repertoire of technical knowledge and rapport with both the original equipment and aftermarket segments.

Since 1983, Hawkhead has specialized in providing high quality, cost effective friction and related materials to the on highway, off highway, industrial, and specialty markets. Hawkhead’s numerous strategic alliances allow a broad, comprehensive product line to answer the many different market needs.

The Board feels that Hawkhead Automotive is indeed fortunate to have a most able replacement for the founder, Russell Ross, and fully supports Pat Smith in the future growth and service of the company.

The Board of Directors

Hawkhead Automotive, Inc.



To our friends and colleagues of Hawkhead:

It is with great regret we inform you of the passing of Russell Ross, our co-founder and President. He passed away after a brief illness on January 29th. He will be truly missed by us all. Russell was a great father, husband, friend, and colleague.



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