Toyo's Hawk Is Taking Over RMA Board

Sept. 8, 2016

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) has elected Jim Hawk as its new chairman of the board of directors. Hawk is chairman of Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. and Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc.

Hawk also serves as president of Tire Tire North America OE Sales LLC. At the RMA he succeeds Gary Garfield, CEO and president of Bridgestone Americas Inc., who is retiring from the tire company at the of the year. Garfield was named RMA chairman in 2015.

“We are excited that Jim Hawk is willing to take the leadership reins as chairman of RMA’s board of directors,” says Anne Forristall Luke, CEO and president of the RMA.  “Jim’s industry experience, energy, vision, and his active tenure on the board will be a great asset to RMA and our industry.”

Hawk is a 40 year veteran of the tire industry.

“I am honored by the confidence my fellow board members have expressed in me with this election as RMA chair,” says Hawk. “We serve a vital and historic industry that provides substantial value to our nation. I look forward to working with the board and Anne to advance our industry’s priorities and communicate our collective commitment to consumer safety, environmental stewardship and strong investment in our workers and communities.”

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