Former Bridgestone Americas CEO takes Tenn. post

This undated photo provided by Gov.-elect Bill Haslam’s transition team shows former Bridgestone Americas CEO and President Mark Emkes, who has been named finance commissioner in Bill Haslam’s incoming administration. (AP Photo/Bill Haslam’s transition team) NO SALES

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The former president and CEO of Bridgestone Americas has been hired by Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Haslam as commissioner of finance and administration.

Mark Emkes retired in February after 33 years with the company, which is the Japanese tiremaker’s subsidiary based in Nashville.

As chief budget officer, he will play a key role in shaping a $1 billion reduction in state spending when federal stimulus money runs out next year.

“We’re going to have to do state government differently, and having people who have experience running large organizations will be really helpful,” Haslam said.

“I’ve always admired people who serve others,” Emkes said in a release. “I’m proud that I now have the opportunity to serve the governor and the people of Tennessee.”

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