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January 3, 2019 NASHVILLE, Tenn.

Bridgestone Americas Names New Vice President of Government Relations

Tom Lehner to lead political affairs, public policy and national trade association relationships in the Americas

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (Bridgestone) today announced Tom Lehner has been named vice president, government relations, effective immediately. In this role, Lehner will be responsible for the strategic direction and management of the company’s government relationships, including political affairs and public policy advocacy with U.S. federal, state and local governments, as well as developing government relations strategies for Latin America and Canada. In addition, he will advise on compliance, risk, legislation and policy issues within the industries Bridgestone serves, as well as lead the company’s involvement in national industry trade associations.

“As the No. 1 tire and rubber manufacturer in the world, Bridgestone plays a major role in influencing public policy in support of our industry,” said Chris Karbowiak, chief administrative officer, Bridgestone Americas. “With the rapid change that will occur in the automotive industry over the next several years, including advanced vehicle technology and autonomous vehicles, among other things, it is critical Bridgestone continues to have a strong point of view on policy that aligns with both our business strategy and our way of doing business. Tom’s background in the automotive industry and strong record of leadership working with CEOs, elected officials and trade associations will help strengthen our position and build relationships in Washington and beyond.”

Prior to joining Bridgestone, Lehner spent more than five years as vice president of public policy for the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), where he represented the largest manufacturing sector in the U.S. in support of issues such as connected vehicles, fuel economy and telematics, among others. From 2009-2012, he served as vice president of government and industry affairs for Toyota, where he led a government affairs and regulatory team in Washington D.C. that represented the company’s North American business units and global affiliates. Lehner has also served in leadership roles for Business Roundtable and was chairman of the Executive Committee of the Alliance of Auto Manufacturers. His government experience includes working for six U.S. senators, including as chief of staff to Senator Charles S. Robb of Virginia. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Political Science from San Francisco State University.

As the No. 1 tire and rubber manufacturer in the world, Bridgestone plays a major role in influencing public policy in support of our industry.
Chris Karbowiak, chief administrative officer, Bridgestone Americas
Chris Karbowiak, chief administrative officer, Bridgestone Americas Click to Tweet

About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:

Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its global corporate social responsibility commitment, Our Way to Serve, the company is dedicated to improving the way people live, work, move and play in all of the communities it calls home.

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