In a significant development, Bridgestone India, a prominent player in the global tire and sustainable mobility solutions space, has appointed Hiroshi Yoshizane as its new Managing Director. Yoshizane will succeed Stefano Sanchini, who is set to take on the role of VP Consumer Replacement for Europe. This transition comes as part of Bridgestone Corporation's recent global reorganisation, aligning India under East forming BSAPIC as one SBU – Asia Pacific, India & China, aiming to harness synergies and enhance development in these regions.
Yoshizane brings a wealth of experience to his new role, having served in various leadership positions at Bridgestone Japan. His most recent position was Executive Vice President of Solution Business, Retail & Service Business in Bridgestone Tyre Solution Japan Co., Ltd.
Expressing his anticipation for the new role, Hiroshi Yoshizane stated, 'India is a strategic, evolving, and growth market for Bridgestone, with a unique set of opportunities and challenges, as the country’s automotive sector is poised for major advances both in terms of numbers and technology. I look forward to working with our partners and the Bridgestone team to serve our customers, vehicle manufacturers, and the communities at large.'
Outgoing Managing Director, Stefano Sanchini, reflected on his time in India, saying, 'My India tenure has been very fulfilling and a great learning experience as the diversity and complexities of the Indian market are unique to the country. I am sure that these learnings will hold me in good stead in my new assignment. I thank the Bridgestone team and business partners for the warmth and support extended, and I’m certain we are geared to optimize every opportunity in 2024.'
During Stefano Sanchini's tenure, Bridgestone India achieved significant milestones, including the production of the hundredth million tire at its Indore plant and the Pune plant's verification as carbon neutral. The leadership transition reflects Bridgestone's commitment to driving growth and innovation in the rapidly evolving automotive landscape in India.