Dec 2, 2015 NASHVILLE, Tenn.

Bridgestone Announces New Chief of Human Resources for Americas

Gary Garfield, CEO and President, Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

With Jan’s insights we will undoubtedly continue strengthening our company’s leadership, but also our efforts to cultivate talented and dedicated professionals to advance us into the next century.

Gary Garfield, CEO and President, Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Jan Steinmetz to advance company’s leading workplace culture

Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) today announced Jan Steinmetz has joined the company as its Chief Human Resources Officer effective December 7. Steinmetz will lead the company’s international human resource programming for nearly 55,000 teammates, and be located at Bridgestone’s Nashville-based Americas Support Center and headquarters.

“Jan joins our team with 30 years of experience – bringing our company new perspectives and a depth of knowledge in leadership and HR best practices,” said Gary Garfield, CEO and President, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. “With Jan’s insights we will undoubtedly continue strengthening our company’s leadership, but also our efforts to cultivate talented and dedicated professionals to advance us into the next century.”

Reporting to Garfield, Steinmetz succeeds Christine Karbowiak, who has served as acting Chief Human Resource Officer since February in addition to her roles as the company’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Chief Risk Officer (CRO). As CHRO, Steinmetz will oversee the efforts of teams driving organizational culture, talent acquisition, teammate development and training, compensation and benefits, and all other business and functional HR programs.

Previously Steinmetz spent more than 32 years at Royal Dutch Shell, serving in a number of vice presidency roles for the company throughout the United States and Canada, and holding sales and business consultancy roles in addition to his HR leadership. He has worked in a number of Shell businesses, including exploration and production (onshore and offshore), mining, refining, retail, commercial and supply and distribution. Jan earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

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