New York Air Brake (NYAB) has appointed Ulisses Camilo President and CEO. Camilo will succeed current President and CEO Michael J. Hawthorne, who has accepted the position of President and CEO at Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, a sister company within the Knorr-Bremse Group, NYAB’s parent company.
During his 34-year career, Camilo has worked nearly 20 years in the rail sector, most recently as Managing Director – Rail & Transit Sector for Atkins NA, a SNC-Lavalin Company. He held similar senior leadership roles at Faiveley Transport NA, Parsons Transportation Group, Vossloh NA, and Alstom Transportation.
Camilo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from the State University of New York – Geneseo; a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y.; and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Master of Business Administration from Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y.
Outgoing leader Hawthorne joined NYAB in 1995 after posts at Raytheon and General Electric. He has served as President and CEO since 2012, overseeing expansion of the company’s technology footprint, product portfolio and revenue base. Prior to that, he spent a decade as director of New York Air Brake’s Irving, Tex.-based Train Dynamic Systems division.
“Ulisses’ vast experience within the rail sector, combined with his technical prowess, provides the unique perspective New York Air Brake’s business requires, and he will become a valuable part of an organization already rich in focus, discipline, and vision,” said Hawthorne. “He’s insightful, engaging, and an ideal fit for NYAB’s team of talented, passionate and committed employees—and for its first-class strategy of growth, built on a tremendous legacy of achievement.”
“I am honored and humbled to be joining New York Air Brake. Its second-to-none reputation in the rail industry has been earned through more than a century of accomplishments,” Camilo said. “I’m looking forward to working with the exceptional group there and contributing to this great company’s continued growth.”