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Bridgestone SA has announced the appointment of Gavin Young as its new CEO following the decision by former incumbent Mike Halforty to take early retirement.

Making the announcement, Hakan Bayman, Bridgestone’s senior vicepresident for the CMA region – which includes Russia, Turkey, the Middle East and Africa – paid tribute to Halforty’s 19 years of service, many of them spent at the Port Elizabeth and Brits plants.

“Mike has put his life and soul into the company and the Bridgestone brand, and I thank him on behalf of the global Bridgestone family for that dedication,” Bayman said. “Mike will support Gavin in the transition over the next three months.”

Young, 57, is a process engineer who has more than 30 years of industrial experience, having held senior leadership roles in South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. He is a keen soccer and squash player, and enjoys reading and breakaways to the bush with his family.

Bayman said that Young’s role would be to engage the entire organisation to drive growth and profitability in the South African market over the next few years. “I wish Gavin and Mike all the very best in the future,” he concluded.

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