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Goodyear names new leaders for North American Tire business

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. reports that Stephen McClellan and Joe Copeland have been named to new leadership assignments within the company's North American Tire business, effectively immediately.


McClellan, formerly vice president of Commercial Tire Systems, has been named president of the North American Tire Consumer business, replacing Lawrence Mason, who has announced he will leave the company.


Copeland, previously vice president of the Off-Highway businesses, becomes vice president of Commercial Tire Systems, replacing McClellan. A replacement for Copeland will be named at a later date.


"Steve and Joe are two proven leaders who have demonstrated the strategic, operational and team building success that will have an immediate impact in their new assignments," says Richard Kramer, president of North American Tire. "They have a track record of exceptional performance at every level and are well positioned to help lead our businesses into the future."


McClellan, 42, has spent his entire career at Goodyear since joining the company in 1988. Most of his experience has been in a variety of management roles within the consumer tire business, including finance, sales and distribution. In December 2001, he moved into the commercial tire business, serving as president of Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems. He was promoted to vice president, Commercial Tire Systems, in September 2003.


Copeland, 47, came to Goodyear in August 2000 having worked in various capacities at Ford Motor Co. and Intel Corp. At Goodyear, he has held a number of significant positions, including president of Goodyear's chemical division, senior vice president of business development, strategy and restructuring, and CEO of South Pacific Tyre (Australia) before moving into the position of vice president of Off-Highway businesses in February 2007.

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