NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 5, 2007) — Masao Wada, president of Bridgestone Firestone Manufacturing Operations, will retire March 1 and will be succeeded by Vice President Steven Brooks.
Wada also plans to retire from his positions as executive vice president and member of Bridgestone Americas Holding Inc.´s board of directors. He is a 37-year veteran of the company, serving in a variety of positions.
Brooks´ appointment is effective Jan. 1 to provide a smooth transition, BFS said.
Separately, Ralph Burchfield, president of the Off Road Products Division and Firestone Agricultural Tire Co., also will retire Jan. 1. He also is a member of the board for Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire.
With his retirement, BFS said it will eliminate the division operating group, and instead the group businesses-Firestone Ag, Off Road Tire group and Firestone Tube Co.-will report directly to Asahiko "Duke" Nishiyama, president of BFS North American Tire.
Firestone Ag will be headed by Kenneth Allen as vice president; OTR by Thomas Shawn Rasey as vice president; and Firestone Tube by Scott Gateley as general manager.