Bridgestone has announced a new change to its senior leadership team. Effective 16 March 2020, current Chief Sales Officer (CSO), Bridgestone EMIA, Riccardo Cichi will be leaving his role after three years to join Bridgestone North America as CSO. Cichi’s replacement is Daniel Giroud, current VP Retail Operations, Bridgestone EMIA, and CEO and President of First Stop Europe.
A key part of Bridgestone EMIA since joining the business in 2015, Giroud has over 20 years of retail-focused experience, having worked in leadership positions across numerous brands and industries, including COO of Marionnaud France. In his current role, Giroud has spearheaded an upturn in performance of Bridgestone EMIA’s retail operations, including significant improvement in end-to-end profitability and defining and implementing a digitalisation strategy.
Speaking on his appointment was Daniel Giroud: “I’m very proud to be promoted to CSO for Bridgestone EMIA and to be leading a first-class team. There’s no doubt that today the market is full of challenges. But there are also opportunities, and I’m convinced we have everything to capitalise on them; we have the people, the products, the solutions and the ambition. We must continue to develop our mix strategy with value added tyres and innovative technologies and leverage the industry-leading capabilities of Webfleet Solutions.”
Also commenting was CEO and President, Bridgestone EMIA, Laurent Dartoux: “In recent years, we’ve set a strategic direction that focuses on engineering and selling high value added tyres, growing our solutions business and seeking new opportunities from data-driven insights and analytics. Our retail network is a key enabler of any success we have in those areas. Which is why the appointment of Daniel, who brings with him vast retail experience across our region, is very exciting for our business. Daniel will be invaluable as we continue our journey to become a global leader in advanced mobility solutions.”