Jul 11, 2013 Nashville, TN

Bridgestone Americas Announces New Head of Communications

Paul Oakley appointed to lead company’s communication strategy across the Americas

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSA) today announced a new head of communications, effective July 22.

Paul Oakley has been named vice president, communications, Bridgestone Americas. Oakley has an extensive background in managing corporate and marketing communications for leading industrial products and technology companies in North and South America. Most recently, Oakley served as a director of global communications and regional public and government affairs at The Dow Chemical Company. During more than 12 years at Dow, he led teams and various employee, marketing, crisis and community communications programs in support of a wide variety of businesses based in Philadelphia, Sao Paulo, Zurich and Houston. Prior to his tenure with Dow, Oakley served as account director with Corporate Technology Communications in Chicago (purchased by Ketchum) and also worked in various business-to-business account roles with Gibbs and Soell Business Communications in Chicago.

“At Bridgestone Americas, we are focused on ensuring that as a company, we have an innovative, cohesive and fully integrated communications strategy that engages our stakeholders, supports our brands and protects our corporate reputation,” said Christine Karbowiak, chief administrative officer and executive vice president, BSA. “I am confident that Paul’s extensive experience in guiding integrated communications for both internal and external stakeholders will be a tremendous asset as we continue to build our reputation and strengthen our engagement strategies across the company.”

Oakley earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff with concentrations in Sociology and Criminal Justice. This year, he was named as one of Philadelphia’s “40 Under 40” for professional excellence and community involvement by the Philadelphia Business Journal.