He joined the company from Italian rival Pirelli, where he held various management roles in North America, Europe and Latin America. Most recently, he was CEO of the Italian tire maker’s LATAM division.
Another senior appointment which will come into effect on 1 Jan 2018, is the promotion of Gordon Knapp, CEO and president of Bridgestone Americas, to senior VP and executive officer.
Additionally, Thomas Higgins who heads Bridgestone's US & Canada consumer tire sales division has been appointed as the chairman of Bridgestone Europe.
Minardi joined Bridgestone Firestone Argentina in 1989 and has held a number of executive and management positions within the tire company. He has held the position of executive chairman of Bridgestone Europe since March 2014.
Also stepping down from his duties is Franco Annunziato, senior VP and chairman and CEO of Bridgestone Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd, who will return to Europe and will be VP and senior advisor to Ferrari.
Mitsuhira Shimazaki, who served as the deputy chairman of Bridgestone Asia Pacific will take over the Annunziato’s position, while Yves Kerstens has been promoted to CEO of Bridgestone China Asia Pacific.
Annunziato has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rome University “La Sapienza” and is specialised in transport and infrastructure technology.
He joined Bridgestone Technical Center Europe SpA as an engineer in November 1982 and has held a number of high-ranking positions within the company.
In January 2016, he was appointed as chairman and CEO of Bridgestone Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.