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1144 East Market Street
OH 44316-0001
p. 330-796-2121
f. 330-796-2222
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Location Type:HeadquartersCompany Type:Standard
Year Founded:1898Asset Amount (USD):
Sector Type:Publicly Traded CompaniesTicker:GT
Primary Industry:ManufacturingSecondary Industry:Autos
SIC Code:3714,3011,5198NAICS:
Annual Sales (USD):$20,258,000,000# of Employees:77,000

Name:Mr. Robert J Keegan
Title:Chairman, Corporate Planning
President, Administration
Chief Executive Officer, Management
Nickname:BobDate Appointed:4/2007
Biography:Robert J. Keegan is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. He was elected chairman effective July 1, 2003, and chief executive officer Jan. 1, 2003. Prior to joining Goodyear, Keegan was president of the Consumer Imaging business and an executive vice president of Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, N.Y. Keegan began his Kodak career in 1972 with distribution and marketing staff assignments in Rochester. He held a series of positions in finance and marketing in the United States and Europe before being named general manager of Kodak New Zealand in 1986. Returning to Rochester in 1987, he was named director of finance for the Photographic Products Group. In 1990, he was named general manager of Kodak Spain. In 1991, he was named general manager of Consumer Imaging for Kodak's European, Middle Eastern and African Region. In November 1993, he was elected a corporate vice president. In 1995, Keegan left Kodak to join Avery Dennison Corporation, in Pasadena, Calif., as executive vice president and global strategy officer. In July 1997, he returned to Kodak as president of Kodak Professional and was elected a corporate vice president. In October 1997, Keegan was appointed president of Consumer Imaging and elected a senior vice president. He became an executive vice president of Kodak in January 2000. Keegan received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., and a master of business administration degree in finance from the University of Rochester.
Name:Mr. Mark Schmitz
Title:Chief Financial Officer, Finance and Accounting
Executive Vice President,
Nickname:Date Appointed:8/2007
Biography:Mr. Schmitz was most recently vice president and CFO for Tyco International's Fire and Security Segment, where he has been since 2003. Schmitz began his career with General Motors in the late 1970s, where he rose to executive assistant to the president and chief executive officer in Detroit. In 1994, he was assigned to General Motors do Brasil and ultimately was director of finance for Mercosul operations and president of GM do Brasil's finance subsidiary. From 1999 to 2001, he served as vice president and CFO of GM's DirectTV Latin America. From 2001 to 2003, Schmitz served as vice president and chief financial officer for Plug Power Inc.
Name:Tim Davis
Title:Plant Manager, TopekaEmail:
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Name:Mr. Gary Cushman
Title:Manager, Strategic Manufacturing EngineeringEmail:
Nickname:Date Appointed:10/2007
Business Phone:Business Fax:
Name:Mr. Timothy Frosell
Title:Plant Manager, Fayetteville FactoryEmail:
Nickname:Date Appointed:10/2007
Business Phone:Business Fax:
Biography:Frosell has also worked as manager of Goodyear plants in Kingman, Ariz., and Social Circle, Ga., according to Goodyear. He joined the company in 1984. He was previously the production manager from 2002 until 2004, when he moved to Buffalo, N.Y., to be a plant manager there.
Name:Mr. Jarro F. Kaplan
Title:President, Eastern Europe, Africa and Middle EastEmail:
Nickname:Date Appointed:5/2001
Biography:Jarro F. Kaplan was appointed president of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company's Eastern Europe, Africa and Middle East business unit on May 7, 2001. Kaplan had been managing director of Goodyear Germany since 1999. Prior to that he was managing director of Goodyear UK for three years. He was named sales and marketing director for Goodyear Europe in 1995. His previous positions include managing director, Goodyear Turkey; sales and marketing director, truck tires, Europe; marketing manager, truck tires, Europe; and regional manager, sales training and marketing services. Kaplan joined Goodyear as a production/quality control associate in Sweden in 1969. He also worked in tire development, field engineering and as sales and marketing manager in Sweden. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Prague in the Czech Republic.
Name:Mr. Richard J Kramer
Title:President, North American Tire and Chief Financial OfficerEmail:
Nickname:RichDate Appointed:3/2007
Biography:Richard J. Kramer was named Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company effective June 2, 2004. Previously, he had been the company's Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning & Restructuring since August 2003. Before that, he had been Vice President, Finance for the company's North American Tire business unit since July 2002. Kramer joined Goodyear as Vice President of Corporate Finance in March 2000 after 13 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, most recently as a Partner. He specialized in providing audit and business advisory services to Fortune 100 multi-national companies. Kramer, A graduate of John Carroll University, he earned a bachelor of science in business administration degree in accounting in 1986.
Name:Christopher Clark
Title:SVP, Global SourcingEmail:
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Name:Mr. Joe Copeland
Title:Vice President, Other
Nickname:Date Appointed:1/2007
Name:Mr. Kevin Olifiers
Title:Vice President, Other
Nickname:Date Appointed:5/2007
Business Phone:Business Fax:
Name:Ms. Laura Thompson
Title:Vice President, Business Development
Nickname:Date Appointed:6/2005
Biography:Laura Thompson was appointed Vice President of Business Development for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company on June 1, 2005. In this role, Laura is responsible for acquisition, divestiture and partnership activities in supporting Goodyear's long-term strategies. Thompson started her career with Goodyear in November 1983 working part-time while finishing her undergraduate degree in accounting from The University of Akron. She also holds an MBA in finance from The University of Akron. She served in various financial and accounting staff positions, both in business units and corporate staff, until being named Manager of Finance for Research and Development in 1997. In January 2000, she was named Director of Investor Relations and served in that capacity for two years. She became Finance Director for Consumer Tires in the company's North American Tire business in December 2002, and was named director, business development for the unit a year later.
Name:Mr. William M. Hopkins
Title:Vice President, Strategy
Nickname:Date Appointed:2/2006
Biography:William M. Hopkins was named vice president, technology and strategic initiatives for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company on February 1, 2006. Previously he had been vice president, global product marketing & technology planning. Hopkins earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wyoming. He joined Goodyear as an engineering trainee in 1967. He later became a tire designer and, in 1973, chief engineer for passenger tires. In 1978, he was named chief engineer for international auto tire development at Goodyear's Luxembourg Technical Center. Four years later, he returned to Akron, where he led the company's radial race tire development program. In 1986, he became manager of light truck tire engineering, where he was instrumental in the expansion of Goodyear's Wrangler line of light truck tires. Hopkins was named marketing manager for light truck tires in 1990 and general manager in 1991. In 1993, he became general manager for multi-purpose vehicle and specialty tires. In 1996, Hopkins was named director of tire technology for North America. In 1998, he was elected vice president, worldwide tire technology. He was elected to his most recent position in 1999. Hopkins holds 26 patents for tire developments. He is a member of the executive committee for The Tire Society Inc., International Committee of Industrial Research Institute, executive committee and the Board of Trustees of Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron.
Name:Robert Novotny
Title:VP, Global Engineering and Manufacturing TechnologyEmail:
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Name:Mr. Johann Finkelmeier
Title:Vice President, Other
General Manager, Other
Nickname:Date Appointed:10/2006
Name:Mr. Charles Mick
Title:Vice President, Other
General Manager, Other
Nickname:ChuckDate Appointed:1/2007
Name:Mr. Joseph M. Gingo
Title:Chief Technology Officer, Technical
Executive Vice President, Quality Control
Nickname:JoeDate Appointed:6/2003
Biography:Joseph M. Gingo was elected executive vice president, Quality Systems and Chief Technical Officer for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, on June 2, 2003. In this function, he is responsible for all of Goodyear's RD&E and Quality activities. He also leads the technical/marketing interface within the corporation globally. During his 40-year career with Goodyear, Gingo has held numerous leadership roles in both technology and business positions. Most recently, he was senior vice president of Technology and Global Products Planning from 1999 until 2003. Prior to that, he was vice president and general manager for the Engineered Products business unit. Gingo joined Goodyear's Research and Development Division in 1966 as a design and development engineer. He was named chief engineer of the Fabric Development Division in 1973, and in 1975 he became manager of advanced concepts, fabric engineering. In 1976, Gingo was named manager of corporate projects and materials coordination, and he was promoted to director of that function two years later. In 1982, he was selected for the Sloan Fellowship program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After receiving a master's degree in business management from the program in 1983, he became director of Goodyear's Tire Technical Center in Luxembourg. Gingo returned to the United States in 1986 as vice president and general manager of the company's Aviation Products business. He was named president and chief executive officer of Goodyear subsidiary Air Treads Inc., based in Atlanta, in 1989. In 1992, Gingo was named vice president of tire technology worldwide, based in Akron. He was vice president of the company's Asia region from 1995 until 1998, when he took the Engineered Products post. Gingo was born in Akron, Ohio on Dec. 6, 1944. In addition to his MBA, he earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western Reserve University) in 1966, and earned a law degree from The University of Akron in 1971. Gingo is a director of A. Schulman Inc., a board member of NorTech, a trustee of the Greater Akron Music Association, and a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Akron's Business School.
Name:Mr. Darren Wells
Title:Senior Vice President, Finance and Accounting
Nickname:Date Appointed:3/2007
Name:Ms. Kathleen T. Geier
Title:Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Nickname:Date Appointed:8/2002
Biography:Kathleen T. Geier was elected senior vice president, human resources, for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company on Aug. 6, 2002. She had been appointed to that position on July 1. Geier is responsible for developing and executing a global human resources strategy for Goodyear and ensuring that HR initiatives are in place to drive the company's competitiveness in the marketplace. Prior to her new assignment, Geier served as director of human resources for Goodyear's Eastern Europe, Africa, Middle East region, based in Brussels. From 1996 to 1999, she served as director, human resources central services for North America business units and corporate staff in Akron. From 1995 to 1996, she was director, human resources employment practices and HR systems, and director, salaried HR & employment practices from 1994 to 1995, both in Akron. Geier's operational experience included assignments as plant manager in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, from 1992 to 1994, where she managed an industrial and automotive hose manufacturing facility and served as president of Goodyear's Cosmoflex subsidiary in Hannibal, Mo. From 1990 to 1992 she was business center manager for Goodyear in its St. Marys, Ohio engineered products plant and from 1986 to 1990 she was operations manager for Cosmoflex. After beginning her Goodyear career as a trainee in Akron in 1978, Geier moved to Gadsden, Ala., as an industrial engineer, followed by Akron assignments in human resources from 1983 to 1986. She received a bachelor of science degree in biology and psychology from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, in 1978.
Name:Mr. Damon Audia
Title:Treasurer, Finance and Accounting
Vice President,
Nickname:Date Appointed:3/2007
Name:Ms. Judith Swales
Title:Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer - South Pacific Tyres, AustraliaEmail:
Nickname:Date Appointed:1/2007
Name:Mr. C. Thomas Harvie
Title:General Counsel, Legal
Secretary, Administration
Senior Vice President,
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Biography:C. Thomas Harvie was named senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in 1999, having been vice president and general counsel since 1995. Prior to joining the company he was vice president and associate general counsel at TRW Inc., where he had served since 1976. Harvie was born March 28, 1943, in New York City. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Stanford University in 1965 and a law degree from Yale University in 1968. After service as a captain in the U.S. Army, he joined the New York law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton in 1971. In 1975 he joined TRW in its securities and finance department and was named senior counsel of the department in 1978. Two years later he was named vice president and assistant general counsel and, in 1983, was appointed vice president, law, of the company's automotive sector. He subsequently was named vice president and associate general counsel at TRW in 1989. A Vietnam War veteran, Harvie also is a member of the New York City Bar Association, the American Corporate Counsel Association and the Association of General Counsel. He is a trustee of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Opera, the Akron Art Museum and is a member of the Blossom Board of Overseers.
Name:Mr. Mark Purtilar
Title:Chief Procurement OfficerEmail:
Nickname:Date Appointed:9/2007
Business Phone:Business Fax:
Biography:Mr. Mark Purtilar was vice president of global procurement for commercial vehicle systems for ArvinMeritor, a supplier of automotive parts. Responsible for $3 billion annually in company purchases; he developed the company's global supplier strategy, initiated a low-cost country strategy and routinely exceeded purchasing performance targets.
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