AKRON-Three Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. employees have new assignments at the firm's Akron and Rome technical centers, the company said. Joseph D. Walter, previously BFS director of research, has been named managing director of Technical Center Europa, a division of BFS Europe S.A., located in Rome.
The center conducts research and development for the worldwide Bridgestone group.
In conjunction with that transfer, Georg G.A. Bohm, formerly assistant director of research in Akron, has been appointed head of the Akron Central Research Laboratories.
Robert J. Wyant, former division manager of product evaluation and CAD/CAE systems, has been named division manger of advanced tire technology at the Akron Technical Center. Mr. Wyant is responsible for developing and transferring technology.
Mike Hamaya, president of the BFS Technology Co. said he believes the personnel changes will strengthen the company.
``We will maintain frequent communication as part of our regular exchange of information...among the three major Bridgestone group R&D centers in Tokyo, Rome and Akron,'' Mr. Hamaya said.