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Cooper announces leadership changes

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has named Brad Hughes to the newly created position of senior vice president and chief operating officer and Phil Kortokrax as vice president of its North America tire operations. Both appointments are effective immediately.

Cooper also announced the upcoming departure of Chris Ostrander, who is the company’s president-Americas tire operations. Ostrander has accepted the role of chief executive officer with an automotive aftermarket parts supplier. Ostrander’s last day with Cooper will be Feb. 6.

Hughes, 52, has responsibility for Cooper’s worldwide operations throughout North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America. He has been with the company for five years, beginning in 2009 as chief financial officer. In July 2014, he was appointed to lead the company’s international segment as president-international tire operations. Hughes has three decades of experience in key finance, strategic planning and operational roles, with several global assignments throughout his career.

“We are excited to have Brad lead our operations in all regions around the world as we head into Cooper’s second century in the tire industry,” says Cooper Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Roy Armes. “We look forward to the contributions Brad will continue to make as we bring together all of our regions under his leadership. This appointment gives Cooper an even more cohesive global approach to our business as we continue to develop, optimize and leverage our brands, products and manufacturing footprint around the world.”

In his new role, Kortokrax, 52, will be responsible for the strategic leadership and growth of all Cooper operations in the U.S. and Canada. Kortokrax has been with Cooper for 24 years in a career that has included leadership positions in a wide range of functional areas from information technology and finance to sales and marketing and operations.

Kortokrax was named to his most recent role as vice president of manufacturing for North America tire operations in 2012. He will report to Hughes in his new position.

“It is particularly gratifying to advance Phil to the top role in our North America business as he has over two decades of service to our company across a vast array of functional areas. He is highly knowledgeable and has a depth of experience in our business that positions him to successfully lead his team going forward,” Armes says.

“Phil is well known and respected throughout our organization and among our external stakeholders, so we expect a smooth transition as Chris departs Cooper. Chris served Cooper for four years as an exceptional leader who made important contributions to our business in the Americas, establishing a solid foundation and cohesive team that will serve us well into the future,” Armes says.

“We recognize his many accomplishments, and I personally appreciate the support he has provided to me and other leaders across the company during his time here. We wish Chris the best in his new endeavor.”

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