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July 16, 2018 MAYODAN, N.C.

Andrea Schmitz Davis Named Bridgestone Aircraft Tire CEO

Joe Rayna retires after 39 years with Bridgestone

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Andrea Schmitz Davis has been named CEO of Bridgestone Aircraft Tire USA (BAU). Davis replaces Joe Rayna, who retires later this month after 39 years of service to the company.

“Andrea brings a diverse background in engineering, project management, aviation, sales and global accountabilities to Bridgestone in this leadership role of an important business unit,” said Keiji Chuma, director, Aircraft Tire Solutions Business Division, Bridgestone Corporation. “Joe’s management style has created an open and very diverse culture at BAU that understands the importance of work hard, quality and exceptional customer service. We extend our deep gratitude to Joe for his dedication and commitment throughout his long career and wish him the very best in his retirement.”

Davis has 20 years of experience. She has served as a director with Kearfott Corporation in its Motion Division Product Line and as director of Sales and Business Development/Customer Global Support and senior project engineer for Moog, Inc. Davis’s global sales team at Moog included the Americas, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from New York State University – Buffalo.

About Bridgestone Corporation:

Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world’s largest tire and rubber company. In addition to tires for use in a wide variety of applications, it also manufactures a broad range of diversified products, which include industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods. Its products are sold in over 150 nations and territories around the world. 

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