"So you have a unique experience here where you got two sales teams who, beforehand, were in competition and now have joined together as part of this new exciting enterprise," Mr. Gibbons said.
"...they have the chance to sell products from both great legacy companies, Goodyear and Bridgestone, and we combined these product ranges at TireHub and the sales teams that sell both ranges. So what went on was understanding new customers, new products, getting to know your colleagues.
"The passion and the energy that this has unleashed is remarkable. I've been involved in a lot of transitions and transformations across my career and across the world," he added, "and what I'm seeing here is a release of energy and mobilization of people to do something very new and bring that passion to bear to help dealers and retailers have a great experience and being supplied and being supported by TireHub."
Mr. Gibbons joined the new venture from Mattel, Inc. where he most recently served as Executive Vice President of Global Development and Product Supply. He also served as an Executive Vice President at Starbucks and ICI Paints North America.
The Bridgestone and Goodyear distribution and delivery operations are operating under the TireHub brand and soon will be rebadged with TireHub signage.
"As a company, we will be badged as TireHub, we will be branded as TireHub and over time we'll make sure that is how people get to know it and how they see it, and that TireHub stands for great service and great partnership with dealers and retailers," Mr. Gibbons said.
He said the company, which employs more than 1,000, is focusing first on customer service, including improving fulfillment rates.
"We've been building a team with great logistics and operational experience to help us have the kind of service levels, the fill rates and the response times that will make us a true partner to dealers and retailers across the U.S."
Helping to fulfill that goal is the launch of the TireHub web portal where dealers can access product availability, delivery options and online payments. Mr. Gibbons said the new portal is considered an upgrade to those previously offered by the two parent companies.
"We see the portal as being something we believe will help increase the availability of good information and tools to help our dealers and retailers," he said.