Jean-Claude Kihn has been President of The Goodyear & Rubber Company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa business unit since January 1, 2016. He previously served as President of the company’s Latin America business since 2014.
He had served as Senior Vice President & Managing Director of Goodyear Brazil since 2012. Prior to that, Kihn served as the company’s Senior Vice President & Chief Technical Officer since 2008.
Kihn joined Goodyear in 1988 at Goodyear’s Innovation Center in Luxembourg. In 1991, he received his first foreign assignment at Goodyear’s plant in Thailand.
Later that year, he returned to Luxembourg to join the team responsible for developing tires for German auto manufacturers. During that period, he was deeply involved in the development of the first fuel economy (silica) technology.
In 1994, he moved to Akron to join the commercial truck tire development team for Latin America. In 1996, he returned to Luxembourg to lead truck tire development for Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa.
In 2000, Kihn moved to Akron as Director Tire Technology – Latin America, and in 2002 he was named Director R&D Materials Science.
Kihn was named Managing Director of Goodyear Peru in 2003 and named General Director of the Goodyear Innovation Center in Akron, Ohio in 2005.
Kihn is a Chemical Engineer and has a Ph.D. from the University of Louvain, Belgium. He is fluent in English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese. He is a native of Luxembourg, married to Brigitte; they have two children.