Bridgestone Australia appoints new CEO

By: Chris Smith


Bridgestone Australia Group has announced the appointment of Shojiro Hara as its new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Hara is currently

Bridgestone Australia Group has announced the appointment of Shojiro Hara as its new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Hara is currently the Managing Director of Bridgestone Asia Pacific in Singapore, and will begin in his new role in October 2008.

He replaces Mac Ohashi, who has announced he will be returning to Bridgestone Japan to take up a new Director position as head of the Specialty Tyre Division, responsible for tyres for the global mining, construction, aircraft and motor cycle markets.

During his four years with Bridgestone Australia, Ohashi steered the Group through issues such as the privatisation and de-listing from the Australian Stock Exchange, the creation of the innovative Bridgestone Select retail format and the early stages of Project Endeavour, the merger of Bridgestone Australia and Bridgestone New Zealand Limited.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Australia and believe we can be justifiably proud of our achievements over the past four years," Ohashi says.

"I believe I am leaving the company ideally positioned for the challenges ahead, both as a manufacturer and retailer, and have no doubt that the long-term strategies we have in place will see Bridgestone Australia continue to strengthen its market-leading position."

Hara has already worked with the Bridgestone Australia management team on a number of projects which will facilitate his smooth transition into his new role.

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