Rick Phillips was with Yokohama Tire Corp. for 18 years.

Rick Phillips was with Yokohama Tire Corp. for 18 years.

Rick Phillips is leaving Yokohama Tire Corp. after 18 years to join Triangle Tire USA as vice president of sales.

Phillips joined Yokohama in 1999 and moved up the ranks from district sales manager to manager of commercial sales. He was promoted to director of commercial sales in 2011, followed by senior director of commercial and OTR sales in 2013. He has been vice president of sales since 2015.

He also was instrumental in the building of Yokohama's new commercial truck tire plant in West Point, Miss.

“We sincerely wish Rick well with his new endeavor and thank him for his contributions,” says COO Jeff Barna. "Yokohama’s leadership team is committed to maintaining the strong momentum that we are experiencing and will be moving quickly to fill this important position.”

Phillips will join Triangle Tire USA effective April 1, 2017.

“He’s a proven sales leader who has earned widespread respect in the industry,” says Manny Cicero, CEO of Triangle Tire USA. "When we announced Triangle Tire USA last year, we said a primary goal was to establish long-term relationships with key distributors and dealers. Rick will play a central role in making that happen.”

Phillips has almost 40 years of experience in the tire industry. Prior to joining Yokohama, he held several sales positions at Joe Esco Tire Corp., including corporate sales manager.

Yokohama Tire Corp. is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd., a global tire manufacturing and sales company celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017. For more information on Yokohama’s broad product line, visit www.yokohamatire.com.

For more information on Triangle Tire USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Triangle Tyre Co. Ltd., and its products, email the company at customerservice@triangletireus.com, or call the company at (888) 847-3745.