Bridgestone Australia Appoints New Chair and CEO
Shojiro Hara has been named the new chairman and chief executive officer of Bridgestone Australia. Currently the managing director of Bridgestone Asia Pacific in Singapore, Hara will take up the new role in October.
The current CEO, Mac Ohashi will return to Bridgestone Japan following his four year tenure. He will become the new director of the Speciality Tyre Division, heading the company’s operations in the fields of mining, construction, aircraft and motorcycle. Ohashi stated, about his time with Bridgestone Australia: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Australia and believe we can be justifiably proud of our achievements over the past four years” (having delisted the company from the Australian Stock Exchange).
“I believe I am leaving the company ideally positioned for the challenges ahead, both as a manufacturer and retailer, and have no doubt that the long-term strategies we have in place will see Bridgestone Australia continue to strengthen its market-leading position.”