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GCR Tires Hires New Executive Director of Marketing


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Jon Kimpel has been promoted to executive director of marketing for GCR Tires & Service (GCR), a division of Bridgestone Americas.

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Kimpel replaces Chris Ripani, who was named president of Speedco last fall.

Kimpel joined Bridgestone Americas in 1995 as an application engineer for Firestone Industrial Products and held several managing positions before being named executive director of marketing for Firestone Building Products. In his new position, Kimpel will be responsible for leading marketing activities for GCR such as advertising, promotion and digital.

“Jon has more than 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, engineering and financial analysis, and we’re excited to bring that expertise to the GCR team,” said Philip Dobbs, chief marketing officer of Bridgestone Americas. “With his proven leadership and track record of effective strategic planning, I am confident that Jon will help us drive growth and successful business results for GCR.”

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Kimpel has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University.

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