Cannon retiring as leader of RMA

April 30, 2015

Charles Cannon, president and CEO of the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), is announcing his plans to retire at the end of 2015 after nearly eight years at the helm of the organization.

Cannon joined RMA in February 2008. During his tenure, RMA became a tire manufacturer-only trade association and the industry tackled a number of high-profile issues such as tire service life and the initial rulemaking process for a federal Consumer Information Program to create a rating system for tire fuel efficiency, tread wear and wet traction. 

Under Cannon’s tenure, RMA also launched a number of proactive initiatives to address the sale of unsafe used tires; to seek minimum standards for tire rolling resistance and wet traction; and to address long-term shortcomings in the federal tire registration system.

“I am very proud to have been asked to lead RMA during a time of many public policy challenges,” Cannon says. “The CEOs of RMA member companies are proactive leaders in the industry and work cooperatively through RMA to establish public policy goals and objectives that promote consumer safety, environmental stewardship and a level competitive marketplace for tire manufacturing.”

"Charlie served our organization with energy, skill and vision, and the board of directors deeply appreciates his leadership," says Pete Selleck, chairman and president of Michelin North America Inc. and chairman of RMA’s board of directors. "Charlie focused and strengthened RMA, and he retires with our thanks and our best wishes for the future."

A search firm has been selected to advise the RMA board of directors and help select a new RMA president and CEO by late 2015. The search will be conducted by Russell Reynolds Associates.

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