Bridgestone Americas Makes Leadership Changes

Paolo Ferrari, Scott Damon, Nizar Trigui, Gabriel Asbun, Craig Schneider
Paolo Ferrari, Scott Damon, Nizar Trigui, Gabriel Asbun, and Craig Schneider

Bridgestone Americas has announced changes to key leadership roles under CEO & President Paolo Ferrari.

Scott Damon, currently group president of Operations, has been named chief operating officer. As COO, Damon will have responsibility for the company’s core tire business, which includes the original equipment, replacement, and retread tire businesses for the consumer, commercial truck and bus, off-the-road (OTR), Ag, and Latin America segments. In addition, Damon will retain responsibility for the company’s manufacturing, LSCM, quality, and procurement functions. 

Nizar Trigui, formerly chief technology officer, will now serve as chief technology officer and group president of Solutions Businesses. In this expanded role, Trigui will have accountability for the company’s mobility solutions, IT, and circular economy strategies, in addition to R&D, technology, and all Akron, Ohio-based operations. 

“As Bridgestone continues to grow its efforts in the areas of mobility solutions and sustainability, it is imperative we create the necessary alignment within Bridgestone Americas to effectively realize our goals locally and globally,” said Ferrari. “We have built a strong leadership team within Bridgestone Americas, and this new organizational structure strikes the right balance between execution on our core tire business and the further development of our medium and long-term sustainable and mobility solutions platforms.”

In addition, Gabriel Asbun, currently group president of Americas Tire & Solutions Business, has been named group president of Integrated Businesses. In this new role, Asbun will have responsibility for Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO), Firestone Industrial Products, and the company’s Credit First National Association (CFNA) consumer credit division.

Craig Schneider has also been named chief strategy officer. Schneider, who was instrumental in the recent sale of Firestone Building Products, will continue to support the company’s evolution through the global strategies outlined in the Bridgestone Mid-Long Term Business Plan, including shaping the portfolio, partnership development, and all M&A activities. 

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