Bridgestone Americas announced that Jon Kimpel has been named executive director of marketing for GCR Tires & Service (GCR), a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO). This position previously was held by Chris Ripani, who was named president of Speedco, a BATO subsidiary, late last year, according to the company.
“Jon has more than 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, engineering and financial analysis, and we’re excited to bring that expertise to the GCR team,” said Philip Dobbs, chief marketing officer, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “With his proven leadership and track record of effective strategic planning, I am confident that Jon will help us drive growth and successful business results for GCR.”
According to the company, Kimpel will be responsible for leading all marketing activities for GCR, including advertising, promotion and digital activities. Kimpel joined the Bridgestone Americas team in 1995 as application engineer for Firestone Industrial Products. Over the next 20 years, he held various roles including division marketing manager, Firestone Industrial Products; manager, planning & analysis, Firestone Diversified Products; and, most recently, executive director of marketing, Firestone Building Products.