Bridgestone recruits Harley-Davidson CIO

Taren Rodabaugh

The leaders of Bridgestone Americas have hired an eight-year veteran of Harvey-Davidson to be its new chief information officer.

Taren Rodabaugh began work at downtown-based Bridgestone on Monday, taking over from Stefano Mezzabotta, who had been in the job since 2017 after moving from Procter & Gamble. In her role, she is leading the company’s information technology strategy and operations, overseeing a team of more than 300 people across the Americas.

“The role of information technology and data is an integral part of our digital transformation and strategy,” said Scott Damon, Bridgestone group president of operations. “Taren and the IT team will continue to be a key component of our strategy as we leverage technology and data to strengthen our core tire business, accelerate our solutions roadmap and upgrade our digital solutions.”

During her time at Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee, Rodabaugh held various director-level positions and was named CIO in October 2017. Before moving to the motorbike icon, she spent nearly a decade at Deloitte, where she rose to senior manager.

Bridgestone Americas employs approximately 55,000 employees and runs more than 50 factories. Its downtown headquarters is home to  1,000-plus workers.

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