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Head of Bridgestone Americas to Retire

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Paolo Ferrari will take over as new president, CEO and COO of Bridgestone Americas.

Global tire manufacturer Bridgestone Corporation has announced that its head of American operations, Gordon Knapp, will be retiring later this month. Knapp currently holds the positions of President, CEO and COO of Bridgestone Americas, which he has held since 2016.

Paolo Ferrari, current CEO and president of Bridgestone Europe, has been tapped as Knapp’s replacement, and will assume his new role on Jan. 15.

“These changes reflect the company’s strong, continued focus on succession planning and developing talent capable of global leadership,” said Masaaki Tsuya, the chairman, CEO and representative executive officer of Bridgestone Corporation. “As our industry rapidly changes, I am confident we have the right team in place to accelerate our company’s transformation into a global leader in advanced mobility and sustainable solutions for a world in motion.”

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