Kramer Confident in Strategy, Says Goodyear Has Momentum

April 12, 2011

AKRON, Ohio, April 12, 2011 – In his address at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Annual Shareholder Meeting today, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard J. Kramer said he is confident in Goodyear’s strategy and believes the company is well positioned to achieve its goals.

Kramer said he is pleased with Goodyear’s 2010 performance, which exceeded the company’s targets.  The company’s financial results reflected significant improvement in all four regional tire businesses, most notably North American Tire’s return to profitability, he said. 

Among the achievements Kramer highlighted were:

• Price/mix improvements that offset the impact of higher raw material costs,
• The high percentage of new products in the company’s overall lineup,
• Cost actions and fixed cost recovery that flowed to the company’s bottom line, and
• Significant investments in the company’s future growth in targeted market segments.

These accomplishments, Kramer said, “are evidence of our positive momentum and give us confidence that, in 2011, we will continue to strengthen our leadership position in the industry.”

He said Goodyear will do this by being first with customers, the leader in targeted market segments and the leader in innovation.

“As confident as I am in our strategies and plans, there’s a critical element that brings them to life.  That’s our team.  From management to the shop floor, the men and women around the world who represent The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company form the best team in the industry,” Kramer added.

“Our customers, consumers, suppliers and shareholders deserve nothing less.  Because of the passion, talent and strength of these 72,000 associates, I continue to look forward with enthusiasm and optimism to a bright future for Goodyear.”

Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies.  It employs approximately 72,000 people and manufactures its products in 55 facilities in 22 countries around the world.  Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry.  For more information about Goodyear or its products, go to www.goodyear.com.

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