TRANSITIONS-Yoichiro Kaizaki, 60, was named president of Bridgestone Corp., replacing Akira Yeiri, who retired after an eight-year tenure during which he directed the Japanese tire maker's $2.1 billion acquisition of Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in 1988. Mr. Kaizaki previously was chairman and CEO of Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., the Japanese company's U.S.-based subsidiary. He will remain chairman of BFS. Masatoshi Ono, formerly executive vice president for manufacturing and technology, replaced Mr. Kaizaki as CEO of Bridgestone/Firestone...Gary M. Ceazan, former president of Riken America Inc., was named president of Nitto Tire, responsible for all aspects of the sale and distribution of the Nitto brand in the U.S....Alvin Eastwood was named Goodyear's vice president of replacement sales, North America Tires, responsible for the company's independent dealer organization, replacing Edward Gallagher, who became vice president of retail stores, replacing Robert Hunnell Jr., who left the company in June. Mr. Hunnel had been with the company about a year, prior to which he had been president of Tire America Inc....Charles R. McLuckey Sr., vice president of Kelly brand sales for Kelly Springfield Tire Co., retired after a 40-year career in the tire industry. He was replaced by Richard A. Gibbons, who had headed Kelly brand sales in Los Angeles...E.W. ``Bud'' Kissell, executive vice president of General Tire's passenger and light truck tire division, and Alexander J. MacLean, senior vice president of sales and marketing for General's passenger and light truck tire division resigned in August, one day before the company announced it was scrapping plans for a $12 million technical center in Charlotte, N.C....H.D. ``Mac'' McCuistion was named president and CEO of Robbins Tire & Rubber Co., in Tuscumbia, Ala. He previously had held similar posts with Rema Tip Top/North America and Long Mile Rubber Co....Larry J. Enders was named CEO of Oakland, Calif.-based Oliver Rubber Co. He had served as vice president of purchasing and supply worldwide for Oliver Rubber's parent corporation, Standard Products Co....Joseph A. DePaolis was replaced as president and CEO of Rochester, N.Y.-based Johnny Antonelli Tire Co. by John Antonelli Jr., son of company owner John Antonelli Sr....Ken Simmons, who founded Ken's Bandag in 1971, sold his remaining interest in the Hartford City, Ind., company-one of North America's largest retreaders-to become general manager of a much smaller operation, Roundtree Tire in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
HONORED-Ernest H. Zielasko, founding editor of TIRE BUSINESS, was one of six people inducted into the Tire Industry Hall of Fame. The others were: Saul Ganin, founder of the Reynolds, Vanderbilt, Brigadier and Ultra-Tech brands; Don Olson, a former Firestone sales executive, who founded Don Olson Tire, a 34 outlet retail chain based in Clearwater, Fla.; Griffith Oliver (deceased), former president and son of the founder of Oliver Rubber Co.; Frank Herzegh (deceased), a B.F. Goodrich engineer who in 1947 developed the first commercially produced tubeless passenger tire; and Giovanni Pirelli (deceased), who founded Italy's Pirelli Group companies in 1872. Edwin T. Brodie (deceased), a former vice president of research and development at Bandag Inc., was inducted into the International Tire Retreading and Repairing Hall of Fame.
DEATHS-Louis S. Myers, 80, co-founder of Myers Industries Inc., Oct. 14...Ruth O. Hawkinson, 89, former chairman of Hawkinson Companies, May 10...Arthur Plomgren, 87, former secretary-manager for the old California State Tire Dealers Association, April 11...David A. Frost, 60, founder of D.A. Frost Industries Inc. July 11...George S. Haddad, 84, founder of Regent Tire Co. in Cleveland, Dec. 11...Yves Trellu, 62, former president and CEO of Michelin Tire Corp., April 4...Walter R. Kriebel, 91, co-organizer of the United Rubber Workers union, Oct. 23.