Laura Thompson will retire from Goodyear after spending 35 years with the tire maker.

Laura Thompson will retire from Goodyear after spending 35 years with the tire maker.

Laura Thompson, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., plans to retire in the first quarter of 2019. She joined the company in 1983 and has served in a wide range of finance and business roles. She was named to her current role in 2013. Goodyear credits Thompson with playing a "key role in the turnaround of Goodyear’s North America business as vice president of finance."

“We extend our sincere gratitude to Laura for the outstanding leadership she has provided throughout her career,” says Richard Kramer, chairman, CEO and president. “Our entire company – from our business units to our finance teams – has benefited from her substantial contributions to making Goodyear a strong competitor in our industry. Laura has left an indelible mark on our company and everyone she has worked with in her time at Goodyear.”

“As I look ahead to marking 35 years with Goodyear in the coming months, I have given this decision a great deal of thought and concluded that the time is right for me to take this step,” says Thompson. “I’m grateful to have had such a long and fulfilling career at this great company and I’m confident that we have the right strategy and team to drive our business forward.”

The company has begun a search for Thompson's successor. Her retirement will be effective March 31, 2019.

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