Source: Marathon Brake announcement

Cartersville, Ga. — Marathon Brake Systems, a heavy-duty friction leader for more than 30 years, has appointed Scott Simmonds as its new President.

Simmonds will be replacing Bob Hicks, who has served as Marathon’s president for the last 12 years. In his new role, Simmonds will be responsible for guiding all aspects of Marathon Brake Systems North American business.

Simmonds comes to Marathon from SKF, Inc where he spent 13 years, most recently as Vice President of Heavy Duty Sales. During his tenure at SKF, Simmonds was responsible for a wide range of sales functions, including directing SKF’s US field sales team, Canadian representative organizations, SKF’s inside sales team, and customer service group.

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He also planned and developed pricing, branding and product strategies, as well as working with the company’s distribution channel partners. Complementing his sales responsibilities Simmonds worked with SKF product development, production, marketing and warehousing operations.

Prior to his time at SKF, Simmonds worked at Champion Laboratories for 17 years in a variety of domestic and international sales positions.

Hicks retires from Marathon Brake Systems following 12 successful years during which Marathon achieved significant growth in their North American markets. A veteran of the heavy-duty friction marketplace, Hicks was with Carlisle Motion Control for 26 years prior to joining Marathon. He will retire with his wife Deb in Northern Virginia.

About Marathon Brake Systems:

Marathon Brake Systems has been serving the North American trucking industry for more than 25 years. Marathon offers the industry’s most complete family of friction materials, with brake linings for general over-the-road and transit applications, as well as a variety of severe-duty vehicles, including liquid tanker, grain, cement, logging, sand and gravel, oil delivery and refuse trucks. Created using higher density friction material formulations than the leading competitors, all Marathon products come with the Best-In-Class guarantee, ensuring your brake lining is more resistant to wear and brake/water fading, with stronger structural integrity, making it less likely to crack while in service. 

Marathon’s aftermarket linings are manufactured in world class and ISO-certified facilities, meeting or exceeding the highest global standards. With an industry-leading fill rate of over 95 percent, Marathon ships products within a day or two of receipt of order. In addition, an experienced support team is available to help find the right solution for your brake or friction issue.