CCA adds former Bridgestone boss to board

Exec retired from state commissioner post last year

Corrections Corp. of America has added former Bridgestone Americas CEO and state Commissioner of Finance and Administration Mark Emkes to its board of directors.

Emkes, 61, stepped down from his spot in state government in May of last year, after two and a half years on the job. Before that, he spent 35 years at Firestone/Bridgestone, where he led the company's Latin American and North American operations before being named chairman and CEO of Bridgestone Americas Holdings in 2004.

"CCA is strongly committed to finding the best people to lead our company," said John Ferguson, chairman of CCA's board. "Mark brings significant experience in leading a large international manufacturing, distribution and sales company as well as unique experience having served a period of time in state government. We believe his experience, knowledge and leadership will be an asset in overseeing management's initiatives and will benefit our organization for years to come."

The addition of Emkes grows CCA's board to 12. Shares of the company (Ticker: CXW) closed Thursday trading at $35.37 and have risen 10 percent year to date.