Bridgestone Americas Announces New Head of CommunicationsPaul Oakley appointed to lead company’s communication strategy across the Americas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 11, 2013) – Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSA) today announced a new head of communications, effective July 22.

Paul Oakley has been named vice president, communications, Bridgestone Americas. Oakley has an extensive background in managing corporate and marketing communications for leading industrial products and technology companies in North and South America. Most recently, Oakley served as a director of global communications and regional public and government affairs at The Dow Chemical Company. During more than 12 years at Dow, he led teams and various employee, marketing, crisis and community communications programs in support of a wide variety of businesses based in Philadelphia, Sao Paulo, Zurich and Houston. Prior to his tenure with Dow, Oakley served as account director with Corporate Technology Communications in Chicago (purchased by Ketchum) and also worked in various business-to-business account roles with Gibbs and Soell Business Communications in Chicago.

“At Bridgestone Americas, we are focused on ensuring that as a company, we have an innovative, cohesive and fully integrated communications strategy that engages our stakeholders, supports our brands and protects our corporate reputation,” said Christine Karbowiak, chief administrative officer and executive vice president, BSA. “I am confident that Paul’s extensive experience in guiding integrated communications for both internal and external stakeholders will be a tremendous asset as we continue to build our reputation and strengthen our engagement strategies across the company.”

Oakley earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff with concentrations in Sociology and Criminal Justice. This year, he was named as one of Philadelphia’s “40 Under 40” for professional excellence and community involvement by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.