Bridgestone leader and industry veteran, Christine Karbowiak, has announced that she will retire after more than 28 years of service.
She will remain in her current roles as Executive Vice President, Executive Officer, G-Chief Sustainability Officer and member of the Global Executive Committee of Bridgestone Corporation, and Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and member of the Executive Committee of Bridgestone Americas, until the end of 2020.
“Chris leaves an indelible mark on our company, past, present and future,” said Paolo Ferrari, Executive Vice President and Executive Officer, Bridgestone Corporation, and member of the board, CEO and President of Bridgestone Americas. “To Bridgestone Americas, she is an icon, and her reputation as a fearless and forward-looking leader will be her legacy. I speak for all Bridgestone employees when I say that she will truly be missed.”
Chris has played key roles in many facets of the Bridgestone business. This includes leading site selection and development efforts for Bridgestone Tower in downtown Nashville. She helped secure notable sport partnerships on behalf global Bridgestone. Which includes the World Golf Championship’s Bridgestone Invitational, Bridgestone Senior Players Championship, and Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic partnerships.
A longtime advocate for evolving Bridgestone’s sustainability position, Chris led the development, launch and implementation of Bridgestone’s Global Sustainable Procurement Policy. In 2019, became the company’s first Global Chief Sustainability Officer. She currently represents Bridgestone on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Tire Industry Project. Roles that she will continue through 2021.