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Kramer named president of Goodyear's North American Tire unit

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Richard Kramer has been named president of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s North American Tire unit, succeeding Jonathan Rich, who is leaving the company to pursue other leadership options.

Kramer, 43, was the company's executive vice president and chief financial officer. He joined Goodyear in March of 2000 and was elected an officer of the company as vice president, corporate finance. He became vice president of finance for the North American Tire business in July of 2002 and was promoted to senior vice president, strategic planning and restructuring in August of 2003. In May of 2004 Kramer became chief financial officer. He will continue as CFO until the company names a replacement.

Rich, 51, was elected president of Goodyear Chemical in August of 2001 after joining the company in September of 2000. He was named president of North American Tire in December 2002.

"Rich Kramer has demonstrated outstanding business leadership at every level in his career and has earned the respect of his peers, his associates and Wall Street," said Robert Keegan, Goodyear chairman and chief executive officer. "Rich became our chief financial officer

under very challenging circumstances, made courageous value-creating

decisions, recruited top talent, and built a strong finance team."

Keegan said that in Kramer's time in North American Tire as that business' chief financial officer, he helped build the business platforms for our improvement. "He knows the business, knows the customers and understands the challenges," Keegan said. "I believe Rich is the ideal leader to take the North American Tire business to the next level of performance.

"At the same time, I want to thank Jon Rich for his outstanding service to the company and the significant contributions that he made in helping to create the foundation for the future success of the North American business," Keegan added. "Jon assembled a strong, capable team that has earned the respect of our customers in a challenging environment."

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