Bridgestone has named Jan-Maarten de Vries (pictured) and Michiel Wesseling as CEO and COO of its Bridgestone Mobility Solutions (BMS) business unit, effective from 1 January.
The appointments coincide with the departure of Webfleet co-founder Thomas Schmidt, who will leave his role as CEO and MD of the BMS business unit at the end of the year.
De Vries joined BMS in July as VP of data solutions and innovations, before which he held management positions at Wabco, TomTom and Philips. Wesseling has worked for Webfleet for the past 11 years, the last eight of which were spent as VP of finance and operations. Schmidt is leaving to work with young entrepreneurs and start-ups.
Webfleet Solutions – formerly known as TomTom Telematics – was acquired by Bridgestone in early 2019.
“Thomas has had an incredible impact on not only Webfleet Solutions or Bridgestone, but mobility in general throughout his long career in our industry,” said Bridgestone EMIA CEO Laurent Dartoux, “he is a true pioneer, whose energy, network and expertise are unrivalled. He will be missed, but I know he will be of huge benefit to the young entrepreneurs out there.
“Jan-Maarten and Michiel are two experienced and driven leaders who represent a new era for Bridgestone Mobility Solutions in a very important time for digital mobility. Our pipeline of in-house talent has once again been put to excellent use.”