NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) today announced a new vice president of marketing for its commercial tire division, effective March 1, 2013. Matthew Stevenson has been named Vice President, Commercial Tire Division, BATO. Stevenson has an extensive background in marketing for commercial vehicle and component companies, including his most recent position as General Manager of North American Field Operations and Marketing for Meritor, Inc., a Fortune 500 company that manufactures drivetrain components for commercial vehicles. In this role, Matthew was responsible for the leadership of the DriveForce organization, including field sales, service, training, fleet and dealer relationships and product marketing for the truck, trailer and specialty business units. Before joining Meritor in 2010, Matthew spent 10 years at Daimler Trucks North America, where he held several positions of increasing responsibility in both sales and marketing. Additionally, Matthew also held the position of Chief Operations Officer position for Daimler's Mitsubishi Fuso division. "Matthew brings extensive experience building strong relationships with customers in the commercial vehicle industry," said Philip Dobbs, CMO for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations-North America. "I am excited to have him on board to help us elevate awareness of the needs of our customers, and help us in meeting those needs. He will be a valuable addition to our team." Stevenson earned a bachelor's degree in management from GMI Engineering and Management Institute (now Kettering University) and an MBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world's largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world's largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home. SOURCE Bridgestone Americas, Inc.