Bridgestone Technology Leadership Changes

Bridgestone Technology Leadership Changes

Bridgestone-Slider-LogoHideo “Hank” Hara, chief technology officer with Bridgestone Americas, announced that after a combined 16 years in the Akron, Ohio, community, he will return to Bridgestone Japan effective March 24 to assume the role of Bridgestone fellow.

Hara first relocated to Akron in 1992 as an engineering manager. Since that position, Hara has held various positions with both Bridgestone Americas and Bridgestone Japan.

In his new role as a Bridgestone fellow, Hara will serve as an advisor to the company, working with various communications functions to represent Bridgestone’s technology position and narrative across key markets.

“Hank’s energy, commitment and infectious good humor, along with his knowledge, creativity and innovative approach to technology and product development, have been an extraordinary asset to Bridgestone Americas,” said Gary Garfield, CEO and president, Bridgestone Americas. “While we will miss his day-to-day presence here, we are excited for him as he embarks on this new career path.”

Following Hara’s return to Japan, the Bridgestone Americas Center for Research & Technology and the Guayule Rubber Projects in Arizona will report to Steve Shelton, Bridgestone Americas’ senior vice president technology, manufacturing and procurement. Reporting to Shelton, Steve Charles, vice president of product development, will continue in his capacity and serve as the Americas Technical Center site leader and the company’s Akron community ambassador.

You May Also Like

K&M Tire Dealers Go ‘All In’ at 2023 Conference & Trade Show

K&M Tire provided the fun, prizes and resources to dealers during its annual conference and trade show.

A far departure from last year's snowy conditions, this year's K&M Tire 2023 Dealer Conference & Trade Show took place at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas from Feb. 1-2 amid the ringing of slot machines and bright lights of Sin City.

It is commonly said that what happens in Las Vegas stays there, yet K&M Tire’s conference theme of “All In" provided dealers with the tools to enhance their business operations--resources they'd bring back to the shop and implement in their businesses. Explore the complete details of the first day of this year's conference below.

Bridgestone Creates New Philanthropic Position

Wade Munday has been hired to handle corporate philanthropy and social impact at Bridgestone.

Hunter Engineering, Dealerlogix Announce Integration

The partnership between companies was announced during NADA 2023.

Bridgestone Americas Releases 2022 DE&I Annual Report

The 2022 DE&I Annual Report outlines improvements Bridgestone has made in its three DE&I focus areas.

CEAT Receives Lighthouse Certification from World Economic Forum

The certification is given to manufacturers that use Industry 4.0 technologies.

CEAT-receives-Lighthouse-certification-

Other Posts

Bridgestone Spotlights New M863 All-Position Radial Tire

The new M863 line of all-position radial tires aligns with the “Economy” and “Efficiency” values of the Bridgestone E8 Commitment.

Nokian Tyres Holds Innovation Challenge Finals

Sustainability at the top of mind for Nokian Tyres during its innovation challenge.

Nokian-Tyres-1400
Apollo Tyres Receives ISO Certification for Sustainability

Apollo Tyres underwent a three-stage assessment for the certification.

apollo-chennai-india-plant-sustainability
Discount Tire Announces ‘Defending Daytona’

The series will highlight Austin Cindric, driver of the No. 2 Discount Tire Ford Mustang, as he prepares to defend his title at the Daytona 500.

Discount Tire Defending Daytona