Benoît Raulin was appointed West Region Managing Director at Bridgestone Europe. He replaces Eric Gaétan who takes over as Managing Director of the Consumer Business Unit of Bridgestone Europe, in Brussels. This change in management is effective from 3 September 2012.
Benoît Raulin, 45, joined Bridgestone Group's Financial Services in 1990 in Béthune. After 7 years with Bridgestone Germany managing Finance, he joined the Finance Division at Bridgestone Europe's Brussels Head Office before returning to France as Financial Director in the Sales Division. In January 2006 he took over as Managing Director and subsequently returned once again to Bridgestone Germany also as Managing Director. In 2010 he went back to the European Head Office to take up the position of Vice-President Finance and Procurement.
Eric Gaétan, 48, took over as Managing Director of Consumer Products at Bridgestone Europe from 3 September 2012. He is responsible for Passenger Car, 4x4, Van and Motorcycle products as well as Original Equipment and Replacement segments. He will establish guidelines and orientations for all Regions and Divisions in Europe.
Eric Gaétan came to Bridgestone France in 1987. Having occupied a number of positions, both in France and at Bridgestone Europe Head Office, he managed until June 2007 the Bridgestone France Truck & Bus section. He subsequently became Managing Director of Carrier Transicold France, a subsidiary of UTC Group, specialising in refrigerated transport. In February 2009 he returned to Bridgestone France as Managing Director of Sales Division and, since January 2011, West Region Managing Director.
About Bridgestone Europe
Bridgestone Europe (BSEU), with European headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, is a key regional subsidiary of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of tyres and other rubber products. Bridgestone Europe operates an R&D center, 8 plants and offices in more than 30 European countries, with over 13,000 employees. BSEU’s premium tyres are sold both within Europe and globally.