NASHVILLE - Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (Bridgestone) today announced the appointment of Chris Ripani as President of Speedco, Inc. (Speedco). Ripani succeeds Scott Damon who recently was named President, Firestone Industrial Products. Ripani will lead implementation of the newly formed growth strategy for Speedco.
“Chris has proven himself as a dynamic leader in the commercial business,” said Kurt Danielson, president, U.S. & Canada Commercial Tire Sales. “He has the knowledge and leadership skills that will help take the Speedco business to the next level and his leadership will further drive growth for the commercial division of Bridgestone.”
Ripani began his career at Bridgestone in 2001 as a Territory Sales Manager for Bridgestone Commercial Solutions. Shortly after, he assumed positions of increasing responsibility within the commercial tire division, including Channel Marketing Manager; Director of Marketing, Communications and Services; and Director of Marketing, Strategic Brands and Channels. He accepted his most recent role of Executive Director of Marketing, Bridgestone Commercial Stores Division in 2013, and has been a key leader in developing and implementing a go-to-market strategy for GCR Tires & Service.
Chris has made multiple contributions to the development of GCR, including the creation of new merchandising, pricing and digital strategies for the company’s sustainable growth; launching a new marketing campaign that puts customers at the center of GCR’s “Genuine, Complete, Reliable” service principals; and delivering a consistent brand across the 200+ GCR retail outlets and 1500+ GCR service vehicles.
Prior to joining Bridgestone, Ripani gained experience working with Bauer Built, Inc., CarMax, Falken Tire Corporation and Sears Tire Group. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois and has completed leadership and strategy programs at University of Phoenix, Vanderbilt University and Harvard University.
Speedco, a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, provides on-highway truck lubrication and routine tire services to commercial truck owner-operators and fleets.
About Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) is a business unit of Bridgestone Americas, Inc., whose parent company, Bridgestone Corporation, is the world's largest tire and rubber company. Reporting into the BATO business unit are the company's Latin American tire operations; the U.S. and Canadian consumer and commercial tire businesses; and Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC, which operates the largest network of company-owned automotive service providers in the world. BATO develops, manufactures and markets Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires. The commercial tire division is focused on retail, wholesale and original equipment markets, supplying tires to passenger, light truck, commercial vehicle, off road, motorcycle, agricultural and retread markets.
About Speedco, Inc.:
Speedco Inc. is a provider of on-highway preventative maintenance and tire service to the commercial trucking industry. Speedco has 51 on-highways locations across the nation. Speedco is a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC.