Richard J. Kramer

Chairman of the Board

Chief Executive Officer

President

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Rich Kramer is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. He became CEO in 2010 and was elected Chairman by Goodyear’s Board of Directors later the same year.

His accomplishments as CEO include developing the company’s strategy to build long-term value; driving a turnaround at Goodyear that has led to sustained profitability; and creating a sustained focus on winning with customers and consumers.   

Kramer’s appointment as CEO culminated a steady rise through the company in a series of key leadership roles over the course of a decade. After joining Goodyear in 2000 as vice president of corporate finance, he served as vice president of finance for the company’s North America business from 2002 to 2003.     

As executive vice president and chief financial officer from 2004 to 2007, Kramer led the successful effort to restructure Goodyear’s debt and improve the company’s capital structure.

He was named president of Goodyear North America in 2007 and guided the company’s largest business through the global recession and positioned it for sustained profitability in the years that followed. In 2009, Kramer assumed additional responsibility as Chief Operating Officer prior to his appointment as CEO the following year.

Since Kramer assumed the CEO role, Goodyear’s segment operating income has increased more than five-fold and reached the highest yearly mark in its 119-year history. Under Kramer’s leadership, Goodyear has been among the World’s Most Admired Companies in Fortune Magazine’s annual rankings. In 2014 and 2015, Goodyear was the world’s Most Admired Company in the motor vehicle parts industry and in 2017 was the world’s Most Admired tire maker for the fifth straight year. During Kramer’s CEO tenure, Goodyear also has been named one of America’s most reputable companies and a top company for leaders.  

Before joining Goodyear, Kramer was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he spent 13 years including a three-year assignment based in France, overseeing the firm’s European offices.

Born in Cleveland, Kramer attended John Carroll University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1986. He remains active as a JCU alumnus and has served on the school’s Board of Trustees since 2007. Kramer is an Executive Committee member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Manufacturers, the largest manufacturing association in the United States. He also is deeply engaged in community leadership roles with the Akron Regional Chamber of Commerce and Akron Tomorrow. Currently, Kramer is a trustee of the Cleveland Clinic and is on the board of directors for The Sherwin-Williams Company and is a member of The Business Council.