Bridgestone Americas Inc. has made a number of organizational changes, including promoting Scott Damon to chief operating officer. He will be responsible for Bridgestone's core tire business, which includes the company's consumer, commercial truck and bus, OTR, ag and Latin America segments.
Damon - who also serves as group president, operations, for Bridgestone - will continue to oversee the company's manufacturing, quality and procurement functions.
"This new organizational structure under Damon’s leadership will enhance enterprise prioritization by aligning the core tire business directly with the operational functions that support it," say Bridgestone officials.
In other moves, Nizar Trigui, Bridgestone Americas' chief technology officer, has been named chief technology officer and group president, solutions businesses. In this expanded role, Trigui will be responsible for the company's mobile solutions, IT and circular economy strategies, in addition to research and development, technology and Bridgestone's Akron, Ohio-based operations.
" Aligning sustainability and mobility under Trigui’s leadership will create the synergy needed to drive these core strategies and advance the company’s digital innovation efforts."
Gabriel Asbun - who currently serves as group president, Americas tire and solutions business - has been named group president, integrated businesses. He will have responsibility for Bridgestone Retail Operations, Firestone Industrial Products and the company's consumer credit division.
Craig Schneider has been named chief strategy officer for Bridgestone Americas. Schneider, who was instrumental in the recent sale of Firestone Building Products, will continue to support the company’s evolution through the global strategies outlined in the Bridgestone Mid-Long Term Business Plan, including shaping the portfolio, partnership development and all M&A activities."
“As Bridgestone continues to grow its efforts in the areas of mobility solutions and sustainability, it is imperative we create the necessary alignment within Bridgestone Americas to effectively realize our goals locally and globally,” says Paolo Ferrari, Bridgestone Americas president and CEO.
“We have built a strong leadership team within Bridgestone Americas and this new organizational structure strikes the right balance between execution on our core tire business and the further development of our medium and long-term sustainable and mobility solutions platforms.”