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The executive changes in Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s consumer tire business continues.
Just one day after announcing the hiring of Richard Kellam as senior vice president of global sales and marketing, Goodyear has appointed Jack Winterton vice president responsible for driving sales and marketing excellence globally. Winterton was previously president of Goodyear's North America Tire consumer business unit.
In his new position, which will be effective Sept. 1, 2014, Winterton will help lead the alignment of Goodyear’s "customer-facing capabilities" around the world in the development of a global sales and marketing operating system. He will report to Kellam.
“Jack brings not only industry and customer expertise to this team, but also organizational credibility and respect,” says Richard Kramer, Goodyear’s chairman, CEO and president. “His perspective and experience will be essential to driving integrated sales and marketing processes, as we work from the market back to enhance the customer and consumer experience.”
Winterton has spent his entire career with Goodyear in customer-facing roles, including more than a decade developing and executing the strategic direction for Goodyear’s consumer business in North America. He was named president of the North American Tire consumer business unit in 2011.
Winterton will be succeeded by Ryan Patterson, vice president of consumer operations and customer development. He will report to Steve McClellan, president Goodyear's North American Tire business unit.
In his new role, Patterson, who joined Goodyear in 2002, will be responsible for management and operation of the company’s largest product business unit globally.
“Ryan is a proven customer advocate, has a firm understanding of the business overall and a detailed knowledge of its customer and the consumer market,” says McClellan.
Kellam, a 28-year sales and marketing veteran, will join Goodyear effective Sept. 22, 2014. Most recently, he served as global chief customer officer with Mars Inc., a job he had held since 2009.
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The tire pressure monitor system (TPMS) monitors the air pressure in the four road tires with wheel-mounted tire pressure sensors.
The new General Altimax Arctic 12 studdable winter tire from Continental Tire the Americas LLC targets the passenger car, minivan, crossover and compact sport utility vehicle markets. The new tire also completes the General brand’s winter tire lineup.
The Robinair AC1234-6 was the first commercially available fully automatic R1234YF machine to meet the SAE’s requirement for recovering, recycling and recharging vehicle A/C systems with the new refrigerant, according to Bosch Automotive Service Solutions.
Tire Factory Inc. members have rebranded the vast majority of their 206 stores to the Point S banner at a breakneck pace. And leaders of the Oregon-based cooperative are unveiling new programs with two big hopes: the momentum of current members continues, and more independent tire dealers join their network.
In a survey of nearly 30,000 consumers, one tire brand was the clear winner.
On the surface, the tire industry appears to be relatively stable. As Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Chairman, CEO and President Rich Kramer likes to say, “We’re in an industry that’s over 100 years old selling essentially the same product, the inflatable tire.”
Continued growth in the U.S. and Canadian markets will be the key for Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. to reach its self-imposed goal of being the industry’s fifth largest tire company by 2020. This is the message about 80 key distributors and dealers of Hankook-branded tires were told at the company’s annual Partner’s Day Meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, last month.
When it comes time to replace tires on a luxury vehicle, 58% of owners are more likely to stick with the original equipment brand. And nearly half of those consumers intend to return to the car dealership to buy replacement tires.
Hankook Tire America Corp. is offering consumers a spring "Great Catch" rebate with the purchase of any of the brand's seven most popular passenger and light truck tires.
Nexen Tire Co. Ltd. has created a first-of-its-kind partnership with an English Premier League club. The tire company will be the Official Sleeve Partner of the Manchester City Club, and the Nexen logo will appear on the club's uniform sleeve for all league games in the 2017-2018 season.
Bridgestone Americas Inc. has named Nizar Trigui to the new role of chief technology officer (CTO).
Maxxis International is sponsoring the ChumpCar World Series, a non-profit racing series geared toward weekend enthusiasts and amateurs who seek the thrill of racing, but can't afford the big bucks of for-profit series.
The BKT USA Inc. booth at the recently completed 2017 ConExpo-Con/Agg in Las Vegas gave show attendees plenty to talk about. The company showcased not only its Earthmax farm tires, including the new Earthmax SR 35, but also its ATV/UTV tire lineup.