Bridgestone Americas Inc. has named Nizar Trigui to the new role of chief technology officer (CTO).
Trigui assumes and will expand a role currently held by Steve Charles, vice president of product development for Bridgestone Americas. Charles has been named the lead representative in a joint global effort to better integrate and set strategic direction for Bridgestone Americas Center for Research and Technology, Firestone Polymers and the guayule project.
“Nizar brings a tremendous amount of experience, leadership and vision in the areas of innovation, intellectual property development and commercialization of new products in the automotive industry,” says Gordon Knapp, CEO and president, Bridgestone Americas.
Trigui has more than 25 years experience in the automtoive industry. Trigui joins Bridgestone from Dura Automotive Systems LLC, where he most recently served as CTO and executive vice president leading corporate product strategy, technology portfolio and global product development. He also served concurrently as chairman of the board for the Asia-Pacific region and general manager of the company’s electronics division joint venture. Prior to joining Dura, Trigui held executive positions with Ford Motor Co. in the U.S. and Jaguar Land Rover in England, including global chief engineer of sustainable mobility. In that role, he led the development and execution of a coherent product strategy and technology roadmap to transform the brand perception and customer satisfaction with product efficiency.
Trigui earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University. He also received executive training at the Yale University School of Management and is a two-time winner of the Henry Ford Technology Award.
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