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Bridgestone Americas Inc. (BSAM) has promoted Dan MacDonald from executive director, communications, to vice president, community and corporate relations, effective May 1.

MacDonald replaces Christine Karbowiak, who has been promoted to chief administrative officer, BSAM. He will oversee the flow of communications among Bridgestone companies throughout the Americas "and its internal and external publics," according to BSAM officials.

He will direct BSAM's community and corporate relations functions, including media, public, internal and community relations, as well as the company's social media efforts and driver safety programs.

Succeeding MacDonald will be Don Darden, most recently director of media relations for BSAM. Darden will manage corporate communications to both internal and external audiences and "will be responsible for ensuring that accurate information about the company is provided to the news media, company co-workers, dealers and the community in a clear and consistent manner."

In related news, BSAM has named Elizabeth Lewis public relations coordinator and Angela Patterson digital media coordinator.

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