Bridgestone Americas Inc. has named Damien Harmon president of GCR Tires & Service.
Harmon begins in new role Nov. 1, 2017. He is currently the chief operating officer of Bridgestone Retail Operations. Harmon succeeds John Vasuta, who was named senior vice president, global sales of Firestone Building Products.
“Damien has demonstrated an ability to drive consistency and standardization in store operations to help elevate enterprise profitability,” says Scott Damon, president, commercial group, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.
“GCR represents a critical touchpoint with customers across all product groups in our commercial tire business, and we look forward to Damien’s leadership in executing our vision of being one of the most trusted tire solutions providers in North America.”
As president, Harmon will drive the strategic growth of GCR commercial tire and service store locations in North America. He joined Bridgestone in June 2014 as vice president of operations for Bridgestone Retail Operations, and recently was promoted to chief operating officer where he leads service capability, customer retention, information technology, teammate training and business development for the company’s 2,200 consumer tire and automotive service locations.
Before joining Bridgestone, Harmon spent nine years at Best Buy, where he developed business strategy, merchandising and marketing programming, vendor relationships and solutions initiatives for the U.S. business at the corporate and field levels.
Bridgestone’s GCR commercial tire and service network has approximately 200 store locations and 1,500 service vehicles and more than 3,000 employees in North America.
For more information about GCR, visit www.gcrtires.com.
For recent news on GCR see: “Bridgestone Picks Steve Hoeft as COO of GCR Tires & Service” and “Bridgestone Sells 6 GCR Tire & Service Locations to McCarthy Tire Service.”