NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 14) — Jorge Gonzalez, president of Bridgestone Firestone Latin American Tire Operations, will retire Dec. 31 and be succeeded by Eduardo Minardi.
Minardi currently is president of Bridgestone Firestone Mexico S.A. de C.V. Ariel Depascuali, president of Bridgestone/Firestone´s subsidiary in Argentina, will assume the post in Mexico. Daniel Benvenuti, the Argentinean firm´s vice president and commercial director, will be named president of that unit.
The appointments all are effective Jan. 1.
Gonzalez joined the former Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in 1968 as a computer operator in Akron. He was named to his current post in 2002 after working in several positions on different continents.