Bridgestone Americas appoints new president of Tire Operations Latin America

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Joseph Saoud, president, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Latin AmericaBridgestone Americas has named Joseph Saoud as the new president for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Latin America.

Saoud, who was formerly president of truck bus radial and retread tires for the USA and Canada, will oversee the Bridgestone tire business in Latin America, which includes subsidiaries in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico. He will report directly to Gordon Knapp, president and CEO of Bridgestone Americas.

“Joseph has demonstrated strong leadership as president of the truck, bus, radial, and retread business, delivering continuous growth and positive business results, always ensuring operational excellence and talent development,” said Knapp.

“Latin America is a vibrant region and represents an important business for our Americas and global operations. Joseph’s global perspective, in-country experience, broad management expertise and diverse background will be crucial to ensure the continued success and growth of the organization.”

Prior to joining Bridgestone Americas, Saoud held positions of increasing responsibility during 20 years at Cummins Inc. Before leaving Cummins, Saoud was president of Cummins Filtration.

Saoud has a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance from the University of Southern Mississippi as well as an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He succeeds Gabriel Asbun, who was recently named chief operating officer of Bridgestone Asia-Pacific.

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