May 15, 2017 NASHVILLE, Tenn.

Brian Goldstine named new President of Firestone Fibers and Textiles

Bill Thompson, Chief Operating Officer, Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Brian is a proven leader who has demonstrated his ability to build trust, cultivate strong relationships and drive growth.

Bill Thompson, Chief Operating Officer, Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Bridgestone Americas, Inc., a subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company, today announced Brian Goldstine will join Bridgestone Americas as the new President of Firestone Fibers and Textiles, effective May 15. Goldstine will replace James (Jim) Pridgen, President of Firestone Fibers and Textiles Co. (FSFT), who recently announced his plans to retire after 43 years of dedicated service to Bridgestone.

Goldstine joins Bridgestone with 21 years of corporate experience. He most recently worked at Kimberly-Clark, where he served in numerous leadership roles, including General Manager, Bath Tissue Category; Vice President and Country Manager, Canada; and Director of Marketing, Scott. Goldstine’s experience also includes serving as Director of Marketing for Unilever and as Senior Brand Manager for Kraft Foods. He holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of California, San Diego.

“Brian is a proven leader who has demonstrated his ability to build trust, cultivate strong relationships and drive growth,” said Bill Thompson, Chief Operating Officer, Bridgestone Americas. “He has a diverse background that encompasses brand marketing, operations and sales. Brian is the right person to build upon Jim’s leadership, prioritize advanced composites go-to-market strategy, and continue integration of the core vertical FSFT business.

“Jim leaves a legacy at Bridgestone with 43 years of service, and I’d like to personally thank him for his dedication, professionalism and leadership to the company,” said Thompson. “We congratulate him on his well-earned retirement and wish him the very best in his retirement.”