Ishibashi started working in the U.S. in 1988 as a member of the Firestone Merger Project. He worked his way up to president of the Bridgestone/Firestone North American Consumer Tire Group before returning to Japan on Jan. 1, 2003.

Ishibashi started working in the U.S. in 1988 as a member of the Firestone Merger Project. He worked his way up to president of the Bridgestone/Firestone North American Consumer Tire Group before returning to Japan on Jan. 1, 2003.

Shuichi "Shu" Ishibashi is poised to take over as CEO and representative executive officer of Bridgestone Corp.

The company's board of directors recently proposed the change in leadership subject to approval at the next board of directors meeting, to be held after Bridgestone's annual shareholders' meeting in March 2020.

Ishibashi joned the company in 1977. He not only has a lot of experience in both the tire and diversifed products businesses in the U.S. and Japan, but also has developed global business models for the solution and original equipment businesses.

Effective Jan. 15, 2020, Tsuya will also assume the role of chairman of the Bridgestone Americas Board of Directors.

Effective Jan. 15, 2020, Tsuya will also assume the role of chairman of the Bridgestone Americas Board of Directors.

Over his 42-year career, he also has been involved with strategic planning, technology, quality management and corporate administration. His current positions are vice chairman and representative executive officer.

If the proposal is approved, he will succeed Masaaki Tsuya, and Masahiro Higashi, senior vice president and executive officer, will replace Ishibashi.

Tsuya may be "retiring" from his roles as CEO and representative executive officer, but he will remain chairman of the Bridgestone Corp. Board of Directors.

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