Jan 30, 2014 Nashville, TN

Bridgestone Americas Names Knapp COO and Tire Operations Lead

Former COO Minardi Transferring to Bridgestone Europe

In support of the Bridgestone Group’s strategic agenda to globalize, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) today announced leadership changes to its executive team and to its Consumer Tire business.

Effective March 1, Eduardo Minardi, BSAM’s Chief Operating Officer and Chairman, CEO and President of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO), is relocating to Brussels, Belgium to assume his role as BSEU Executive Chair role full time. He will continue to serve on the BSAM Board of Directors. Minardi was named to his BSAM responsibilities in 2010 and added BSEU Executive Chair accountabilities January 1, 2014.

“Eduardo has helped lead Bridgestone Americas through the most successful period in our company’s history, and he will undoubtedly help do the same for BSEU,” said Gary Garfield, CEO and President, BSAM. “His industry knowledge, leadership skills and cross-cultural perspective will be a tremendous asset for our global company in the European market. While we will miss Eduardo’s daily guidance and leadership, we are very happy to have his continuing support as a member of BSAM’s Board of Directors and look forward to applauding his future success in Europe.”

Succeeding Minardi, Bridgestone Americas named Gordon Knapp to COO, BSAM and Chairman, CEO and President of BATO effective March 1. Until such time as Knapp’s successor is identified and on-boarded he also will continue in his current position serving as President, North American Consumer Tire, BATO.

“Gordon is smart, strategic and battle-tested,” said Garfield. “We are fortunate and excited that his previous experience in leading operations for iconic consumer brands will continue to be an asset as we continue transforming our company and work to generate more value for consumers.”

Knapp has spent his career – both in the U.S. and internationally – in the consumer products area leading the operations of many of the world’s foremost brands. Prior to BSAM, Knapp served as President, Family Care North Atlantic, Consumer Tissue Division for Kimberly Clark. He also has held leadership positions in the consumer products businesses for Pfizer, Inc. and for Warner-Lambert, Inc. Knapp earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Trent University and an MBA from University of Western Ontario.