Goodyear names new senior VP of HR

Jan. 13, 2015

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has named John T. Lucas the company’s senior vice president and chief human resources officer effective Feb. 2, 2015. Lucas will succeed Joseph Ruocco who announced his retirement last year.

Lucas joins Goodyear with more than 30 years of human resources leadership experience, the past six years at Lockheed Martin Corp. where he served as senior vice president of human resources for the global security and aerospace company since 2010. Under his leadership, Lockheed Martin was ranked among Fortune magazine’s top 50 companies “Most Admired for HR."

“John is a seasoned human resources executive and brings to Goodyear a wealth of leadership experience and achievement across a range of global industries,” says Goodyear Chairman and CEO Richard Kramer. “John will play a key role on our senior leadership team, helping set strategic direction including our focus on building top talent and teams.”

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Lucas spent six years at Microsoft Corporation, and earlier in his career, Lucas held executive human resources positions of increasing responsibility at Eastman Kodak Company, ConAgra Foods Inc. and Merck & Company.

A Pittsburgh native, Lucas earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Washington and Jefferson College and his master’s degree in labor and industrial relations from St. Francis University.

Lucas succeeds Ruocco who has served as Goodyear’s chief human resources officer for the past six-and-a-half years. During his tenure, Ruocco and his HR team designed and implemented a comprehensive global talent management and leadership development process that was recently recognized on Aon Hewitt’s list of Top Companies for Leaders. In 2011, Ruocco was named a Fellow by the National Academy of Human Resources, the highest individual honor in the human resources field. Upon his retirement from Goodyear, Ruocco will engage in human resources consulting and other roles in the business community.

“We thank Joe for his leadership and substantial contributions to Goodyear’s business success and extend to him best wishes in his new endeavors,” says Kramer.

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