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Goodyear realigns North American Tire chain of command

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John Polhemus, president of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s North American Tire unit, has assumed direct responsibility for the company's consumer tire business.

"This business model change is intended to flatten the consumer organization, to improve customer focus of top management and to speed the decision-making process," Polhemus says.

Jim Vogel, vice president of Goodyear's consumer unit, now reports directly to Bob Keegan, Goodyear president and COO.

He will concentrate on "revenue enhancement opportunities with an emphasis on top line growth initiatives across all regions," according to Goodyear officials.

Reporting to Polhemus are: Jack Winterton, director of field sales; Tom Gravalos, director of corporate accounts; Bill Gaudet, director of Dunlop brand sales; and Michael Kitz, vice president of consumer marketing.

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