Bridgestone Golf Names Angel Ilagan President and Chief Executive Officer

August 09, 2016

COVINGTON, GA – the #1 ball-fitter in golf and a recognized industry innovator, announced today Angel Ilagan has joined the company and will assume the role of President and CEO.

Ilagan brings more than 30 years of experience as a strategic and results-oriented leader with a proven track record of developing and growing businesses. As President and CEO, he will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Bridgestone Golf's operations and growing its position in the marketplace. He will provide strategic leadership across all of the company's core business functions, including product planning, sales and marketing, customer operations, Bridgestone's industry-leading golf equipment production and more.

"I'm honored to join a category leader like Bridgestone Golf and build upon the tremendous affinity that customers in the golf world have for our brand," said Ilagan. "Bridgestone Golf is uniquely positioned both in product and technology to capitalize on the continued evolution of the marketplace and I couldn't be more excited about what lies ahead. I look forward to building on the company's strengths in technology, research and development, and manufacturing while leveraging my consumer product experience to grow the business in exciting ways."

Prior to joining Bridgestone Golf, Ilagan was named Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer with Vera Bradley. In this role he was responsible for developing and executing marketing strategies that increased brand awareness and revenues for the company. Prior to joining Vera Bradley, Ilagan was Chief Marketing Officer/ Vice President of Marketing-Americas for Pandora Jewelry, where he oversaw all global branding, strategic marketing and e-commerce content. In addition, Ilagan has held key marketing roles with several well-known consumer product companies including Newell Rubbermaid, Bristol-Myers Squibb, McCormick, Conagra and General Mills.

Ilagan attended the University of California at Berkeley's Walter A. Haas School of Business, earning a BS and MBA. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. He and his wife, Leslie, have two children, Robert and Samantha.

About Bridgestone Golf, Inc.,

Bridgestone Golf, Inc., based in Covington, GA, is an expert in the manufacturing and marketing of premium golf balls, clubs, and accessories under the Bridgestone and Precept brand names. Supported globally by 900 engineers with cutting edge expertise in polymer science, Bridgestone Golf is a leader in both product innovation and manufacturing. Bridgestone Golf's knowledge of consumer needs through a commitment to fitting allows them to engineer precisely fit products for everyday golfers and top-tier PGA TOUR professionals like Bryson DeChambeauMatt KucharBrandt Snedeker, and others.

Bridgestone Golf, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bridgestone Sports Co. Ltd., whose headquarters are in Tokyo. For more information visit