Veteran supplier executive Frank Lubischer, president of Brose North America, died Dec. 24, the company said Monday. He was 56.
The German-born Lubischer, an engineer who loved to tinker on his classic cars, held a variety of senior leadership roles at major global suppliers for more than three decades. He took the reins at family-owned Brose in March 2018 after stints as Nexteer Automotive's head of global engineering, chief technology officer and chief strategy officer.
Before Nexteer, Lubischer spent 11 years in a variety of positions at ZF Group -- which merged in 2015 with TRW -- where he was vice president of steering engineering.
"No words can adequately express our sadness at this terrible loss," Kurt Sauernheimer, CEO of Brose Group, said in a statement. "We grieve for our colleague and friend. Frank will be fondly remembered by all who worked with him and knew first-hand the passion, vision and leadership he brought to Brose North America."
One of Lubischer's first management roles came at Lucas Girling, the giant British supplier whose components were once used by nearly all European automakers. At Lucas, Lubischer was the company's chief development engineer for electronic brake control systems. Lucas was an early pioneer in antilock braking technology.
More recently at Brose, Lubischer was helping lead the supplier's move into developing the powerful, fast-acting electric motors to be used to quickly reconfigure interiors and automatically open and close doors in self-driving vehicles.