Bridgestone Americas announced Joseph Saoud, former president for Bridgestone Americas Tire operations for truck bus radial and retread tires, has been named president, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Latin America (BATO LA). In this role, Saoud will oversee the Bridgestone tire business in Latin America, which includes subsidiaries in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico. He will report directly to Gordon Knapp, president and CEO, Bridgestone Americas.
“Joseph has demonstrated strong leadership as president of the truck bus radial and retread business, delivering continuous growth and positive business results, always ensuring operational excellence and talent development,” said Knapp. “Latin America is a vibrant region and represents an important business for our Americas and global operations. Joseph’s global perspective, in-country experience, broad management expertise and diverse background will be crucial to ensure the continued success and growth of the organization.”
Prior to joining Bridgestone Americas, Saoud held positions of increasing responsibility during his 20 years at Cummins Inc. Before leaving Cummins, Saoud was president of Cummins Filtration, the world’s leading diesel engine filtration company with design, manufacturing and distribution facilities across the globe.