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Roderick Palmore, executive vice president, general counsel, chief compliance and risk management officer, and secretary for General Mills Inc., has been elected to Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s board of directors.

According to Goodyear Chairman, CEO and President  Richard Kramer, Palmore's broad business knowledge, public board experience and strong leadership skills "will be valuable assets to the Goodyear board and the senior leadership team as we execute our strategic roadmap.”

Palmore, 60, joined General Mills’ senior leadership team in 2008. He is responsible for the company’s worldwide legal activities, corporate ethics, compliance, and corporate security.

From 1996 to 2008, he worked for the Sara Lee Corp. in a variety of legal leadership roles, ultimately becoming executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary. Between 1977 and 1996, he worked for a series of law firms and the United States Department of Justice.

Palmore has been recognized by the "National Law Journal," "Inside Counsel Magazine" and "Corporate Board Member Magazine" as one of the most influential general counsels in America. His election brings the size of Goodyear’s board to 11 members.

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