Jun 6, 2013 Nashville, TN

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Announces Realignment

Steve Shelton to Head New Integrated Group

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations today announced the realignment of three key groups – Technology, Manufacturing and Procurement – to create a more integrated team equipped to more fully deliver on the company’s brand promise.

The realignment of these three areas is effective July 1 and will be led by Steve Shelton, who will be promoted to Senior Vice President, Technology, Manufacturing and Procurement, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. Shelton currently serves as that company’s Vice President, Product Development. In his new role, the manufacturing and procurement groups will report to Shelton; he will continue to be responsible for Bridgestone Americas’ tire development group and the Akron facility as well as the company’s race tire manufacturing operation.  Shelton has 20-year tenure with Bridgestone Americas and has a broad base of experience across the company, experience which includes manufacturing (with a stint at the company’s Wilson, NC plant), process engineering development, and strategic marketing support to the consumer tire business in the product/process areas. In this newly created position, Shelton will be based in Nashville.

“As we aim to enhance our culture of high performance and establish our company as the undisputed leader in our industries, it is critical that we continually evaluate our operations to ensure we are delivering products and services that meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our many customers and end-users,” said Eduardo Minardi, Chairman, CEO & President, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “I am excited about the alignment of these critical areas under Steve’s strong and visionary leadership.  I’m confident that this new organizational structure will foster increased collaboration, communication and interdependence among key areas of our company and help us more quickly achieve our goals of high performance.”