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Anita Bugg reports that Masatoshi Ono, Chairman and CEO of Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., announced his retirement Tuesday in Nashville, effective immediately. Company officials named John Lampe, an executive vice president, as Ono's successor at the embattled company, which recalled six-and-a-half-million tires in August. The company faces scores of lawsuits in connection with fatal accidents blamed on faulty Firestone tires.

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