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Bridgestone Americas, Inc. | Company Profile, Marketing Contacts, Media Spend, Brands

Bridgestone Firestone, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation and headquartered in Nashville, TN, produces branded and private-label tires for automobiles, motorcycles and machinery. The company also manufactures industrial fibers and textiles, roofing materials, air springs and synthetic rubber. The company is divided into four primary business units: Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, BFS Retail & Commercial Operation, BFS Diversified Products and Bridgestone Metalpha.

Main Telephone (615) 937-1000
Main Fax (615) 937-3627
Primary Address
535 Marriott Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. Contacts

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Christine K. Chief Administration Officer, Executive Vice President & Chief Risk Officer TN
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Main Phone: (615) 937-1000
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Assistant Phone: *** **** ***
Address: 535 Marriott Drive
Nashville, TN

Philip D. Chief Marketing Officer TN
Kurt D. President - Bridgestone Commercial Solutions TN
John B. President, Consumer Tire Replacement Sales, BFNT TN
Eduardo M. Executive Chairman, BSEMEA & Chairman, Bridgestone Americas Board of Directors TN

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Millennial Engagement Opps Update: Bridgestone hires marketing director for consumer tires

Subject: TV, digital, online, social media, mobile, video, radio, sponsorship

Company: world's largest tire maker

Update (1/26): Hired Samsung marketer Justin Reinke  as director of brand marketing, where he’ll lead efforts to strengthen Bridgestone’s consumer brand (passenger cars and light trucks) building efforts. While Reinke is far from CMO, he’s now key decision maker to engage for consumer tire related revenue.

He joins as Bridgestone continues a larger millennial parent and Olympic sponsorship

Hawkeye, Dallas has handled creative since July 2013. Both relationships are well past the average 2.5-3 year tenure of agency relationships, making this account more vulnerable. 

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Experience: Previously, Reinke was director of refrigeration product product marketing and director of Aftermarket business for SVP Worldwide, the parent of Singer, Pfaff and Viking sewing machines. He began his career at Whirlpool, where he spent 12 years in various product marketing roles, lastly as product director for the french door refrigerator and freezer business.

Reinke succeeds Amber Holm, who was promoted in the fall to VP of brand marketing for consumer replacement tire (more info below).

Below originally published 11/17

Opportunity: Promoted CPG marketing veteran Amber Holm to VP of brand marketing for its US and Canada Consumer Replacement Tire segment (passenger cars and light trucks). In this role, she'll lead  brand-building and digital marketing efforts, among other areas. While Holm isn't CMO, Holm is still a crucial marketing lieutenant to engage for consumer focused Bridgestone and Firestone work and advertising revenue – the bulk of Bridgestone's ad budget.

Agencies – we received a tip earlier this year that Bridgestone would review its agency roster (research

Sellers - Bridgestone has been making a bigger millennial parents and American Tire Distributors (see chart right). Furthermore, ages 18-34, especially women, are more likely to purchase tires online and shop exclusively online. As such, millennial direct response and digital acquisition should be at the heart of your approach, along with female lifestyle, parenting and family focused media and sponsorship platforms.  

Bridgestone is already widely considered to be a Tier 1 product; it needs to be more top-of-mind at the beginning of the replacement consumer tire  decision making process.

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Experience: Holm has been with Bridgestone since May 2014 as director of advertising, promotions and retail branding. She's credited for her instrumental role in developing and executing the Truck Stuff” campaign

Before the tire maker, Holm spent about 13 years at General Mills, culminating as senior marketing manager in the Big G Cereal Portfolio, the food giant's largest operating division.  She succeeds Erik Seidel, who was promoted to sales VP earlier this year.

Media Spend: Bridgestone has spent about $60 million on measured media annually since 2013, according to Kantar Media. Broadcast spending made up 83% of last year's budget, up from 76% in 2013. Q1 has been the lowest buying period since 2013, meaning you should focus your energy more on Q2 and Q3, Bridgestone's top buying periods.

TV Breakdown: Since January, $34.6 million has supported national TV ads, down from $36 million over the same period last year (see targeting right), according to This year, buys have been spread out, whereas in 2014 most TV didn't start airing until May.

Digital Breakdown: Bridgestone's display continues to primarily target target sports, news and auto publishers, Moat reports. Top sites include,,,,, and The most display ad activity comes from NFL team homepages, which makes sense because Bridgestone is the official tire of the NFL.

Bridgestone North America Tire Operations
535 Marriott Dr.
Nashville, TN 37124
(615) 937-1000

Philip Dobbs 
Chief Marketing Officer
Direct Dial: (615) 937-3970

Amber Holm
Vice President, Brand Marketing
Direct Dial: (615) 937-6892