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Goodyear hires Fish to oversee supply chain

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has appointed John “Jack” Fish senior vice president of global operations.

Fish joins Goodyear after almost 29 years with General Electric Co., where he most recently served as vice president of consumer global supply chain for GE’s consumer and industrial business.

He replaces Christopher Clark, who is retiring after 36 years with the company. Clark was senior vice president of global sourcing.

Fish, 52, will be responsible for overseeing manufacturing and related supply chain activities throughout all of the corporation’s global business units. He will begin work at Goodyear on Oct. 5, 2009.

“Jack had an impressive track record at General Electric of improving global manufacturing and supply chain processes to drive customer service, efficiency and quality,” says Robert Keegan, Goodyear’s chairman, CEO and president.

“We are confident that Jack’s demonstrated leadership will help us take our efforts on global advantaged supply chain and productivity to the next level, in particular as it relates to our new four-year contract with the United Steelworkers,” adds Richard Kramer, Goodyear’s chief operating officer and president of its North American Tire business unit.

Fish began his career in 1980 with GE’s aircraft engines business, where he served in a variety of operations, manufacturing and quality control roles until 1996. He joined GE’s transportation systems business in 1997 as general manager of global supply chain.

In 2001, Fish was elected as an officer of the company and promoted to vice president of supply chain for the global lighting business, and, in 2004, he moved to his most recent role with the consumer and industrial business.

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