NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone Americas Inc. promoted 15-year company veteran Bridget Neal to president of off-the-road (OTR) products, succeeding Taylor Cole, who recently was named president of Firestone Building Products L.L.C.
Neal held a number of leadership roles in key business areas during her Bridgestone career, including supply and demand planning, logistics, marketing and more. She has been director, OTR tire sales, since 2015.
As president, Neal will lead all aspects of the Bridgestone OTR tire business in North America, including strategic planning, product and technology introductions, sales and engineering, Bridgestone said.
She will be responsible for aligning the company's market strategies with the broader commercial portfolio, while helping drive coordination for the Bridgestone OTR business globally.
Kurt Danielson, president of the commercial group in U.S. and Canada for the Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, said Neal's business acumen "combined with the great relationships she has built with our OTR customers domestically and globally, makes her incredibly well-suited for this important role."
She joined Bridgestone in August 2002 as a supply planning and sourcing engineer. During her tenure, she held roles of increasing responsibility within the company's commercial tire business, including commercial supply chain manager; manager of distribution programs for Bridgestone Bandag retread systems; account executive for original equipment commercial truck and bus tires; and general manager of original equipment and government sales for the truck and bus business.