NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 9, 2007) — Bridgestone Firestone Latin American Tire Operations (BFLA), an operating unit of Bridgestone Americas Holding (BSAH) Inc., has appointed presidents to two Latin American units, effective Aug. 1.
Oscar Rodriguez, currently president of Bridgestone Firestone Venezolana C.A. (BFVZ), has been named president of Bridgestone Firestone de Costa Rica S.A. (BFCR). Mr. Rodriguez succeeds Humberto Gomez, who was appointed president of Bridgestone Firestone do Brasil Industria e Comercio Ltda. earlier this year.
Mr. Rodriguez, who first joined BFVZ in 1986 as a quality inspector and an hourly paid worker in that company´s plant, has held positions both in manufacturing and in the company´s sales and marketing organization.
Prior to his assignment as BFVZ president in December 2004, Mr. Rodriguez held a variety of positions, including production supervisor; process engineer; division manager, tire building and curing; domestic sales manager; sales and marketing director; vice president of sales and marketing; and vice president, manufacturing operations.
Alfredo OrÃ¡n has been tapped to replace Mr. Rodriguez as president of BFVZ. Mr. OrÃ¡n, a 26-year veteran of manufacturing, purchasing and engineering operations, has worked as general manager of Dana Corp.—Venezuela and as materials management manager for General Motors Venezuela.
“Our Costa Rican operations are a critical link in Bridgestone Americas' successful manufacturing and sales strategy, and I am confident that Oscar is the right person at the right time to build on the accomplishments and momentum we are experiencing at BFCR,” said Eduardo Minardi, president of BFLA.