Goodyear names new research official

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John Lawrence has replaced Richard Steichen as Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s vice president of corporate research.

Steichen retired at the beginning of the year.

Lawrence, a 31-year Goodyear veteran, has held a variety of technical positions with the company both in the United States and in Europe.

Most recently, he served as the Akron, Ohio-based tiremaker's director of applied physics and tire mechanics.

Lawrence will report to Joe Gingo, Goodyear's senior vice president for technology and global products planning.

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