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Brussels -- Bridgestone Europe NV/SA (BSEU) today announced senior management appointments effective January 1, 2012. Franco Annunziato, currently BSEU's Chief Quality Officer, Senior Vice President Technology and Member of the Board of BSEU, will become CEO and President of BSEU, succeeding Makio (Mac) Ohashi.
The company also announced that Mitsuhira (Mike) Shimazaki, currently BSEU's Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, will assume the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) reporting to Mr. Annunziato. In his new role as COO, the Sales and Marketing organizations will continue to report to Mr. Shimazaki and he will assume additional responsibility for Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management.
Annunziato, who also serves as Vice President and Officer of Bridgestone Corporation, BSEU's parent company, will relocate from the company's Rome-based Technical Center to BSEU's headquarters in Brussels on January 2, 2012. In order to assure a smooth transition to his new role, Mr. Annunziato will be elected Vice Chairman of the Board of BSEU effective November 16, 2011 and will serve in that position until he assumes his new responsibilities as CEO and President.
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Press release from Bridgestone