NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (Bridgestone) today announced the appointment of Brian Zempel as president, Bridgestone Credit Division, and chairman, CEO & president of Credit First National Association (CFNA), effective Oct.17. Zempel assumes the role from Dean Miller, current president of CFNA, who will be retiring after more than 40 years with the company, effective Dec. 1.
In this role, Zempel will provide strategic oversight and leadership to the CFNA team, and will be responsible for driving growth initiatives that generate revenue while maintaining and enhancing CFNA's current business. He will be located in Brook Park, Ohio.
"Brian brings with him extensive experience in diverse areas of financial, retail and business services in both B2C and B2B industries," said TJ Higgins, president, integrated consumer tire division, U.S. & Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. "With that experience, combined with strong leadership and change management skills, I am confident that Brian will motivate and inspire our team to drive new business, enhance revenue and better serve our customers."
Zempel joins CFNA after spending the last seven years with Kohl's Department Stores, where he most recently served as vice president, credit & omni-channel customer service. During his tenure, he was responsible for managing strategic and operational aspects of the Kohl's Charge portfolio. Prior to Kohl's, Zempel served as an executive consultant for Bank of America and spent nearly 20 years at HSBC, in all facets of their consumer lending and credit card divisions. Zempel earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Texas Christian University and an MBA in management accounting from DePaul University.
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About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:
Nashville, Tennessee-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.
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