Washington, DC – The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) announced the election of Paolo Ferrari as chairman of the Board of Directors, for a two-year term starting October 7, 2021. Ferrari is President and CEO of Bridgestone Americas.
Ferrari succeeds Stephen R. McClellan, president of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Americas business unit, who served as USTMA’s Board Chair since 2018. Ferrari was elected during a formal vote at the association’s first board meeting of its 2022 fiscal year on October 6.
“Paolo’s election as Board Chair reflects his commitment to ensuring thought leadership, innovation and the sustainable growth of the U.S. tire manufacturing industry,” said Anne Forristall Luke, USTMA president and CEO. “Paolo’s global perspective and experience at the helm of one of the world’s largest tire companies will help us capitalize on unprecedented opportunities to transform the industry while navigating the challenges of a post-COVID economic recovery and addressing environmental impacts of our products.”
“It is an honor to take on this leadership role at a pivotal time for the tire industry,” said Ferrari. “Mobility is evolving and our industry is undergoing a digital transformation, making USTMA’s role more critical than ever. I am excited to work alongside my peers and leaders in the industry to advance sustainable transportation and double down on environmental stewardship efforts.” USTMA members are committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions throughout a tire’s life cycle in many ways, including improved rolling efficiency of new tires, increased re-use and recycling of scrap tires, and even lowering carbon output in the manufacturing process.