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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today announced that Stephen R. McClellan has been named president of the company’s North American Tire business unit. McClellan will succeed Curt Andersson, who plans to pursue other professional interests. McClellan will continue to be responsible for North American Tire’s consumer tire business until a successor is named.
“Steve brings strong leadership and a proven track record of delivering results,” said Richard J. Kramer, Goodyear’s Chairman, President and CEO. “Steve’s career of more than 20 years at Goodyear has included progressively larger leadership positions within North American Tire. His success in running the North American consumer and commercial tire businesses and his strong relationships with customers make him a natural successor to the role.
“Performance in the first half of 2011 demonstrates strong momentum in our North American business,” Kramer continued, “Under Steve’s leadership, we will continue to drive results over coming quarters and stay on the path toward our targeted $450 million of segment operating income in 2013.”
Kramer acknowledged Andersson’s contributions to Goodyear’s success in its North American business. “During Curt’s tenure, we have continued our progress toward returning North American Tire to sustainable profitability. We appreciate his efforts and thank him for his work at Goodyear.”
McClellan, 45, has spent his entire career at Goodyear since joining the company in 1988. Most of his experience has been in a variety of management roles within the consumer tire business, including finance, sales and distribution. In December 2001, he moved into the commercial tire business, serving as president of Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems, Goodyear’s industry-leading national network of commercial tire sales, retreading and service. He was promoted to vice president, Commercial Tire Systems in September 2003. He has been the president of Goodyear’s North American consumer tire business since August 2008. McClellan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Akron in 1987.
Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs approximately 73,000 people and manufactures its products in 54 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 and its products, go to www.goodyear.com.
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