Firestone announced Craig Schneider has been named president, Firestone Industrial Products, effective Oct. 2, 2017. Schneider succeeds Scott Damon, who recently was named president, commercial group, U.S. and Canada for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO).
“Craig brings a strong background in sales, marketing and general management to Firestone Industrial Products at a time when the business is well positioned for growth,” said Bill Thompson, chief operating officer, Bridgestone Americas. “His leadership, business acumen and extensive experience will allow Firestone to build upon the strong platform Scott and his team have established.”
As president, Schneider will oversee all aspects of the Firestone Industrial Products business, including management of the more than 1,500 employees around the world who have helped position the company as a leader in manufacturing and marketing products for technologically advanced air suspensions. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, and with a European office and technical center in the Netherlands; two North American plants; manufacturing facilities in Brazil, Poland, India and Costa Rica; and an assembly facility in China, Firestone Industrial Products has the global footprint to supply customers in the industrial, heavy duty and light duty markets.
Schneider joins Bridgestone after more than 13 years in leadership roles with Shell Oil Company, including international assignments. He most recently served as senior vice president and general manager of retail sales, lubricants. Prior to that role, Schneider served as vice president and general manager retail of fuels marketing. He also previously served as vice president and general manager of lubes marketing and group manager, business-to-consumer key accounts, among other roles. Prior to joining Shell Oil Company, Schneider spent several years as a consultant with CapGemini and Ernst & Young.
Schneider earned his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Rice University.