NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone Metalpha U.S.A. Inc. has promoted Bruce Johnson to president and CEO for BMU.
He previously had served as plant manager and executive vice president since 2013 and will assume the role vacated by the retirement of current president and CEO Yoshiaki Yamada.
Johnson has spent the last 24 years with Bridgestone, serving as plant manager for its LaVernge, Tenn., plant as well as its facility in Warren County, Tenn. The firm said he has held other positions of increasing responsibility throughout his career with Bridgestone Americas Inc.—a subsidiary of Japan-based Bridgestone Corp.
“With extensive management experience in the manufacturing sector, Bruce is high esteemed in the industry and a proven leader,” Yamada said in a news release. “Bruce's added knowledge and understanding of Bridgestone operations solidifies his leadership and management talents, which will lead the company toward continued success.”
BMU produces steel cord that is used in steel radial tires and provides its products to the Bridgestone Group of companies, including Bridgestone Americas.