Yokohama names Phillips vice president of sales

Feb. 3, 2015

Yokohama Corp. of North America announced the promotion of Rick Phillips to vice president of sales, consumer, commercial and OTR of Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC).

Phillips previously served as senior director, commercial and OTR sales. Phillips will report to Takayuki Hamaya, YTC chief operating officer.

“Rick has significantly grown our commercial and OTR business and will be a vital asset on the consumer side,” says Takaharu Fushimi, CEO for Yokohama Corp. of North America. Fushimi announced several other appointments:

* Larry Kull - from senior director, tire business planning and sales operations to senior director, consumer sales. Kull will report to Phillips.

* Fred Koplin - from senior director, consumer sales to senior director, marketing. Koplin will report to Hamaya.

* Andrew Briggs - from senior director, marketing, product planning and technical services to senior director, tire business planning, product planning and sales operations. Briggs will report to Hamaya.

Yokohama Corp. of North America is a subsidiary of Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. and oversees all Yokohama-related operations in North America, including sales and marketing, manufacturing, technical development, long-term corporate planning and investment.

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