Mark A. Emkes, Significant Sig
State of Tennessee Department of Finance & Administraton Commissioner, 2011, Appointed by Bill Haslam, Governor
Retired Chairman and CEO of Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc. and
Retired Chairman and CEO of Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC (BFNT)
Mark Emkes was born in Urbana, Illinois on February 16, 1953. He grew up in Indiana and graduated from DePauw University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. In 1976, he earned his MBA degree in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, located in Glendale, Arizona.
During that same year, Mr. Emkes began his career at the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company as an International Trainee. Following his first job changing tires at a Firestone store near Houston, Texas he was promoted to store manager in 1977.
From 1979 to 2000, Emkes’ career at Firestone took him overseas. He held various management positions in the United Arab Emirates, Spain, Brazil and Mexico. From field export representative in Dubai, United Arab Emirates to president and managing director, Bridgestone Firestone Brazil in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Emkes successfully conquered new challenges as he took on positions of increasing responsibility.
Emkes was promoted to executive vice president of Bridgestone Firestone, Inc. and elected to a seat on its board of directors in 1999, while concurrently holding the title of President of Bridgestone Firestone Brazil.
In 2000, he returned to the United States and was named president of Bridgestone Firestone Latin America.
In September of 2002, he became Chairman, CEO and President of Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC. He served concurrently as a member of the board of directors of Bridgestone Americas.
On April 1, 2004, Mr. Emkes was promoted to Chairman and CEO of Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc. and was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation.
Advisory Board, Habitat for Humanity, Nashville Chapter
Board of Visitors, DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana
Board of Visitors, Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management, Nashville, TN
Executive Board, Boy Scouts of Middle Tennessee
Steering Committee, Nashville’s Agenda
Board of Directors, Rubber Manufacturers Association (Immediate Past Chair)