Tyre Business staff report
Nashville, Tennessee - Bridgestone Americas Holding Inc. (BSAH) will restructure its tyre operations in the Americas, effective 1 Jan.
Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire LLC. (BFNT) will become Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC. (BATO) under the restructuring. The unit will encompass the company's US and Canadian consumer and commercial tyre businesses as well as its Latin American tyre operations.
Asahiko Nishiyama will lead the unit and continue to report to Mark Emkes, chairman, ceo and president of BSAH. Reporting to him will be:
• Michael Gorey, chairman, ceo and president of Bridgestone/Firestone's diversified products division, who will serve as president of BATO's US & Canada Consumer Tire Sales division under the new structure. Reporting to him will be Michael Martini, the division's president of original equipment and John Baratta, the division's president of replacement tire sales.
• Saul Solomon, president of Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions LLC, who will also serve as president of BATO's US & Canada Commercial Tire Sales division. Reporting to Mr. Solomon will be Kenneth Allen, the division's president of agricultural tyres; Shawn Rasey, the division's president of OTR tyres; and Scott Gateley, the division's general manager of tube business.
• Eduardo Minardi, who will continue to serve as president of the company's Latin American Tire division.
Also, a number of other BSAH and BATO staff members will be reassigned to new and existing positions within the company.
â€œThis new structure will allow us to provide even greater focus on our overall tyre business in the Americas, and it will align us more closely with the regional business model that Bridgestone Corp. is promoting for all of its global tyre operations,â€ Mr. Emkes said.
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Bridgestone restructures Americas operations from Tire Business (A Crain Publication)