Goodyear promotes Lovell, makes other R&D appointments

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has named Lyn Lovell director of global technology planning, and has made other research and development and engineering department appointments.

Lovell's new post, which was recently created, is part of a realignment "designed to increase the speed at which new products get to market, maintain technical leadership, and ensure alignment with business needs," according to Goodyear officials.

Lovell had been director of government compliance and product performance since 2002. She joined Goodyear in 1981.

Her new responsibilities will include project management of Goodyear's global strategic initiatives, the development of "technology road maps," and the global coordination of technology projects.

"Lyn has been a tremendously effective leader and has done a tremendous job representing Goodyear on regulatory issues such as the TREAD Act," says Joe Gingo, executive vice president, quality systems and chief technology officer.

"In her new role, she will be responsible for ensuring the success of our longer term product initiatives."

Greg Camarato, a 23-year Goodyear veteran, will replace Lovell. He most recently served the Akron, Ohio-based company as regional technology director of its Asia Pacific region.

Camarato will be replaced by Patrice Omont, previously manager of development and product analysis based in France.

In related news, Goodyear has promoted Pawan Handa to director of gloabl tire performance prediction. Handa was formerly manager of tire vehicle engineering technology. He will report to Bill Hopkins, Goodyear's vice president of technology and strategic initiatives.

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