MAHLE Clevite Inc. has announced the appointment of Max Dull as general manager for its new division specializing in the tool and equipment segment. An aftermarket leader with more than 30 years of industry experience, Dull will report directly to Jon Douglas, MAHLE Clevite general manager. Dull will be responsible for RTI, a company MAHLE acquired on Jan. 1, 2013 and will be the cornerstone of the new division.
Based in York, Pa., RTI specializes in the development and distribution of automotive maintenance equipment, including air conditioning service, fluid exchange and nitrogen tire inflation systems. “Max is a proven leader who brings a wealth of knowledge about the aftermarket from the product side, all the way through to their marketing and selling,” said Douglas. “His leadership skills will help take RTI to the next level, and open the door to further expansion into other product lines as he helps us grow our Tool and Equipment segment.”
“I’m excited to lead this new MAHLE division focused on the tool and equipment sector,” said Dull. “I have had the good fortune during my career to represent some of the best brands in the industry, and that is one thing that attracted me to this opportunity. The RTI product line is synonymous with quality. Add in the stability of MAHLE, and I truly believe that the sky is the limit.”
Douglas went on to say, “MAHLE has a worldwide presence that supports the technician segment with innovative tools and equipment. The expansion of this division is an important strategy to accomplish that goal.”
Before joining MAHLE, Dull was a business consultant assisting manufacturers and distributors in the automotive aftermarket and a vice president and advisory board member of Marx Group Advisors. He spent many years running Beck/Arnley, an import parts company in the automotive aftermarket. He was vice president and general manager of the company when it was owned by Dana’s Under Hood Group.
In 2005, Dull formed Heritage Equity Group (HEG) to purchase Beck/Arnley from Affinia. He served as president/CEO of Beck/Arnley, as well as CEO of HEG until 2008, when he engineered the sale of Beck/Arnley to Uni-Select, Inc. He remained with Uni-Select as vice president and general manager of Beck/Arnley until December 2012. Dull’s early career included experience managing an automotive repair facility and an engine parts warehouse distribution (WD) company. He joined AE Engine Parts in 1987 as marketing manager. In 1990 he transferred to the newly formed AE Clevite, being named vice president of product management. In 1998, Dull was promoted to vice president of product management for Dana’s Under Hood Group, which included Echlin, Beck/Arnley, Clevite, and Wix.
Dull has served on the boards of several aftermarket companies, was named one of the aftermarket’s Top 10 Newsmakers of the Year, and has been a speaker at various industry events. For more information about MAHLE Clevite Inc. visit www.mahle-aftermarket.com.