As of Jan. 1, 2012, Makio "Mac" Ohashi will end his tenure as CEO and president of Bridgestone Europe NV/SA. He will be succeeded in this role by Franco Annunziato, who currently is chief quality officer and senior vice-president of technology at Bridgestone Europe, as well as managing director of Bridgestone Technical Center Europe S.p.A.
After taking on Ohashi’s current duties, Annunziato will remain chief quality officer of Bridgestone Europe and managing director at the Technical Center Europe. Annunziato also serves as a vice president and officer of Bridgestone Corp.
Ohashi leaves his Europe-based role to become vice-president and officer, Asia Pacific, China, Middle East, Africa and Russia Tire Business Operations.
In addition a chief operating officer position will be created within the company. Bridgestone Europe has named Mitsuhira (Mike) Shimazaki as the first incumbent in this newly-created position. As COO, the current senior vice president of sales and marketing at Bridgestone Europe will continue to manage the company’s sales and marketing organizations and additionally assume responsibility for manufacturing and supply chain management. (Tyres & Accessories)