Goodyear Announces Leadership Change in HR

May 29, 2024

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced the planned retirement of Gary VanderLind, the senior vice president and chief human resources officer, and the appointment of Nicole Gray as his replacement.  

The planned retirement is effective starting July 1, 2024.  

“Gary has been part of the culture and fabric of Goodyear for nearly 40 years, starting in our company-owned retail business and then pursuing a path in human resources,” says Mark Stewart, CEO and president of Goodyear.  

“There is nothing more important to Goodyear than our associates, and Gary has been instrumental in building organizational capability and associate engagement, whether at manufacturing plants, in our businesses, or in his most recent role leading the function globally. It has been a pleasure to work with Gary, and I’m truly happy for him to embrace the next chapter of life with his family.”  

Gray joined Goodyear in 2016, moving from leading the company’s global labor and employment team to senior human resources leadership roles.  

Before joining Goodyear, Gray was a partner at McDonald Hopkins LLC.  

“In Nicole Gray, we have an exceptionally qualified leader who is ready to take on the critical role of senior vice president and chief human resources officer,” continues Stewart.  

“Since joining Goodyear in 2016, Nicole has proven herself to be forward-thinking, strategic and collaborative. In both her legal and human resources leadership roles, Nicole has been instrumental to critical people strategies around the world.”