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Firestone is the lucky 13th member of Goodyear's board of directors

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber co. has elected James Firestone to its board of directors. Firestone is president of Xerox North America, a subsidiary of Xerox Corp.

The election of Firestone brings the size of Goodyear's board to 13 members.

Firestone, 53, also is an executive vice president of Xerox Corp., and has led the company's North American operations since 2004. He also has served as head of Xerox's channels group, and was the company's chief strategy officer.

Before joining Xerox in 1998, Firestone worked for IBM Corp. as general manager of the consumer division, and for Ameritech Corp. as president of consumer services. He began his business career in 1978 with American Express Co., where, during his 15-year tenure, he ultimately rose to president, travelers cheques.

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