Bridgestone Americas Inc. has named a new leader for its commercial tire group in the U.S. and Canada. Scott Damon will replace Kurt Danielson, who is retiring after 23 years at Bridgestone. Damon will become president of the commercial group for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC on Oct. 1. He will oversee all business operations within the company's commercial tire portfolio.
“Kurt’s leadership has been instrumental in growing our commercial tire and service business, and he has positioned the team for continued success after his retirement,” says Gordon Knapp, president and CEO of Bridgestone Americas. “Scott started his Bridgestone career in the commercial organizations, and has since gained diversified leadership experience across the Bridgestone portfolio. We are eager to bring his talents to such a pivotal role within the company.”
As president, Damon will be responsible for leading the company’s commercial tire sales and service operations in North America, which includes truck and bus radial tires, off-the-road tires, Firestone agricultural tires, the company’s Bandag retread business, as well as commercial retail operations.
He also will guide efforts to grow market share, identify and bring new products, services and technology solutions to market, streamline business efficiencies and develop talent.
Damon joined Bridgestone in 1996 as development engineer for Bandag, which was acquired by Bridgestone Americas in 2007. During his career with Bridgestone, Damon has served in various roles of increasing responsibility, including executive director of strategic planning for the Bridgestone Americas Technical Center and, most recently, president of Firestone Industrial Products (FSIP).
He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, earned an MBA from Frostburg State University and completed certificate studies in executive leadership and management at the University of Notre Dame.
Danielson joined Bridgestone in 1994 as a territory manager in Cincinnati, Ohio, and throughout his tenure progressed through numerous leadership positions within the company. He was named to his current role as president of U.S. and Canada commercial tire sales in May 2014.
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