He added there are “still some avenues I'd like to explore, both personally and professionally, and leaving now gives me time to pursue those opportunities.” Mr. Garfield said he plans to remain in Nashville with his wife, and they look forward to the opportunity to spend more time with their two new grandchildren.
Anne Forristall Luke, president and CEO of the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), said Mr. Garfield's “passion for the business and people of the U.S. tire manufacturing industry — and the customers and communities we serve — has been a tremendous asset to Bridgestone and to RMA.
“Gary's commitment to transformational progress has been the hallmark of his leadership as the chair of the RMA Board of Directors. Since his election as chair, Gary has devoted many hours helping RMA become a more active, engaged organization focused on delivering ever-increasing value to its members.”
She also thanked Mr. Garfield for being a “generous and wise partner” during her first months as head of the RMA.
Mr. Garfield joined Bridgestone Americas in 1991 in the legal department, eventually rising to the position of vice president, general counsel, chief compliance officer and secretary of Bridgestone Americas.
In March 2010, he was promoted to Bridgestone Americas' CEO and president, and in January 2016 he was named executive chairman of Bridgestone Americas. He also was promoted to a series of executive positions within Bridgestone Corp. — executive officer and executive vice president — over the past few years.
Prior to joining Bridgestone Americas in 2013, Mr. Knapp was president, Family Care North Atlantic, Consumer Tissue Division for Kimberly-Clark Corp.
He also has held leadership positions in the consumer products businesses for Pfizer Inc. and for Warner-Lambert Inc.
He also is vice president and senior office for Bridgestone Corp. and a member of the board of Bridgestone Americas.
Mr. Thompson has been with Bridgestone Americas for 20 years. Among his assignments were West Zone manager for U.S. commercial tire sales in 2011 and controller in 2012. He then was vice president of finance before being named CFO in May 2014.
He also is a member of the board of directors of Bridgestone Americas.
Mr. Tsuya also announced that Eduardo Minardi, executive chairman of Bridgestone Europe, Middle East, Africa, will serve concurrently as chairman of the Bridgestone Americas board of directors while maintaining his current role in Brussels, Belgium.