Former CEO of Bridgestone Americas, Inc. |
America's "Turnaround" CEO




Former CEO of Bridgestone Americas, Inc. | America's "Turnaround" CEO


Learn More About Gary Garfield


Reset the Focus

In 2010, Gary was promoted from being the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer to the CEO of Bridgestone Americas, a global company with over 55,000 employees operating on five continents. The old-line manufacturing company he was appointed to lead had been significantly underperforming for many years. During his tenure, Gary reset the focus of the organization, transformed the company culture, drove innovation and collaboration, and broke down silos. The company pulled out of its marketplace rut, and under Gary’s leadership, had record profits each year, growing profits by more than fivefold, and outperforming the S&P 500 over that period.

Authentic, Honest, and Straightforward

Gary led the transformation of Bridgestone Americas from a manufacturing entity into a market leader. At the same time, the company operated as a true partner in the community with a strong stance on both corporate and environmental responsibility. He achieved these extraordinary results through a unique but straightforward approach to driving change—an approach that is applicable to just about every organization. As a proven expert in creating change and improving corporate culture, he shares his valuable insights and lessons learned in an authentic, honest, and straightforward manner, leaving audiences inspired and motivated to take both their individual and group’s performance to the next level.


A Company as a Community Partner

In this personal and forward-thinking talk, Gary will show leaders how corporate social responsibility does not have to hurt the bottom line. While serving as CEO, he oversaw the reduction of CO2 admissions in Bridgestone plants and implementation of three plants recycling 100% of waste. A company is part of a community therefore, it must be part of a better tomorrow.

Culture First

As CEO, Gary took Bridgestone Americas and its 55,000 employees to a 13% increase in revenue and increased profitability by 500% in six years. He did this using innovative means to answer the age-old questions of how does a company break down silos, better handle conflict within the organization, and break out of its rut. Gary led the charge of how to create a better environment for people to work in and how leadership listened to its team members.

Leaders Make the Necessary Changes First
Turning around a company that has had years of low profits, poor cash flow, and stagnant growth to six years of record-breaking profits does not happen by accident. In this keynote, Gary will talk about his journey of leading an iconic brand through explosive growth and profit by changing the focus of the organization, breaking down silos, and changing a tire manufacturer into a marketing company.
"All of us have some degree of influence—your influence might be local, but your impact can be global."

- Mark Brown


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