Gordon Knapp is retiring as the vice chair and executive officer of Bridgestone Corp. as well as the president, CEO and COO of Bridgestone Americas. Effective Jan. 15, he will serve as a strategic adviser to the company to help with the transition until March 31, at which time he will retire.
Knapp has been the president and CEO of Bridgestone Americas since 2016.
Paolo Ferrari will succeed Knapp as the president, CEO and COO of Bridgestone Americas, effective Jan. 15. He currently serves as the executive vice president, executive officer and global digital strategic officer of Bridgestone Corp.; a member of the board, CEO and president of Bridgestone EMIA; and chairman of the Bridgestone Americas board.
Ferrari is a former chairman and CEO of Pirelli North America. He joined Bridgestone in 2016.
Masaaki Tsuya — currently the chairman, CEO and representative executive officer of Bridgestone Corp. — will assume the role of chairman of the Bridgestone Americas board.