Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Bridgestone-Firestone announces Latin American leadership changes

Bridgestone Firestone Latin American Tire Operations (BFLA), an operating unit of Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc. (BSAH) has announced the following appointments effective August 1, 2007. Oscar Rodriguez, currently President, Bridgestone Firestone Venezolana, C.A. (BFVZ), will be appointed President, Bridgestone Firestone de Costa Rica, S.A. (BFCR). Rodriguez succeeds Humberto Gomez, who was appointed President, Bridgestone Firestone do Brasil Industria e Comercio Ltda. earlier this year. Alfredo A. Orán, will be appointed President, BFVZ. In making the announcement, Eduardo Minardi, President of BFLA, said “Our Costa Rican operations are a critical link in Bridgestone Americas’ successful manufacturing and sales strategy, and I am confident that Oscar is the right person at the right time to build on the accomplishments and momentum we are experiencing at BFCR.” In describing Orán, Minardi said, “Alfredo is an experienced manufacturing executive with an understanding of both the importance of a global focus and the ability to work effectively in a local environment. He will be a great asset to the company."

According to the company, "Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc. is an international manufacturer with 38 production facilities throughout the Americas. The Nashville, Tennessee-based company was formed in 1990 when Bridgestone U.S.A. merged with The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company. We are a subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation."

"We trace our roots to the establishment of The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in 1900. It was then that 31-year-old Harvey S. Firestone started tire production with 12 employees in Akron, Ohio."

"On the other side of the globe in 1931, Shojiro Ishibashi created Bridgestone Tire Company Ltd. He created the company name by reversing the English translation of his own; 'Ishibashi,' which literally means 'stone bridge' in Japanese."

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