Al Biemer will take on an expanded role in the company as vice president of supply chain, and Chris Mapes will be the vice president of global sourcing.
Keane has been with BPI for over 30 years holding a number of different positions in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. He started as a materials/manufacturing manager at Continental Hydraulic Hose in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. He was then promoted to division manager of Friction Inc. in Irvine, California and then became vice president of BPI’s distribution and logistics group in 1995. In 2003, Keane added hydraulic and chassis operations to his responsibilities. In 2008, he was promoted to vice president of the chassis group and then to vice president of global distribution in 2010.
Sather has been at BPI for 10 years as vice president of global sourcing. One of his main responsibilities was running the supplier financing program.
The new vice president of supply chain, Biemer, will be responsible for global distribution and transportation in addition to his current responsibilities of inventory and planning. He joined BPI in 2013 as vice president of product demand and inventory planning. He used to work as vice president corporate supply chain and Oracle ERP implementation lead at A.M. Castle & Co.
Mapes spent more than 20 years leading the supply chain and operations teams at BPI. Previously he worked at Navistar, Behr GMbH and Dover Corporation.
“It is with mixed emotions we say goodbye to Pat and Dave and we wish them all the best in their retirement. Both men have contributed greatly to the success of BPI and their dedicated service will be missed,” said Overbeeke. “We congratulate Al Biemer on his expanded role and welcome Chris Mapes to the BPI leadership team. By building efficiencies and strengthening processes throughout the supply chain, we can best serve our customers throughout North America and the world.”