US: Goodyear unveils raft of senior management changes

By Simon Warburton | 20 December 2011

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has announced several senior appointments for North America, with all new assignments effective immediately.

John Winterton has been appointed president of the company's North American tire consumer business unit, succeeding Steve McClellan, who was promoted to president of Goodyear North American tire in August 2011.

At the same time, Phillip Kane has been appointed vice president of Goodyear's North American tire commercial tire business, succeeding Joe Copeland, who has announced he will leave the company.

"I am very pleased Jack will lead our North American consumer business," said McClellan. "Nobody can match his combination of Goodyear experience, industry knowledge and customer perspective. Jack is absolutely the right person to lead us in 2012 and beyond."

Winterton has worked in Goodyear's North American tire business for his entire career. Most recently, he served as chief customer officer for Goodyear's North American tire consumer business, a role he started in December 2008.

Immediately prior to that, he was vice president of consumer tire sales (2003-2008) and director of dealer sales, consumer tires (2002-2003). Since 2002, Winterton has helped develop and execute the strategic direction for Goodyear's North American tire consumer business, which shifted its focus to producing and selling high-value, branded products in targeted market segments.

For the past year, Kane has been president of Wingfoot Commercial tire systems, Goodyear's nationwide network of on-highway commercial tire sales, service, and retread facilities. Kane has spent his entire career in businesses related to the automotive and trucking industries.

He joined Goodyear in 2004 as director of strategic initiatives before moving to director of North American tire's consumer wholesale distribution channel. He was promoted to senior director, channel sales in December 2008 before moving to his most recent role leading the Wingfoot operation.

In addition, the company announced Ryan Patterson succeeds Winterton in the newly created position of vice president, consumer operations and customer development.

Patterson has been finance director for Goodyear's North American tire consumer business since September, 2008. Prior to joining the North American team, Patterson worked in finance roles of increasing responsibility in the company's Latin American tire business.

"Ryan's knowledge of our operations and his value in all areas across the consumer business will help our customers continue to grow in alignment with our North American strategy and objectives," said McClellan.

Paul Wanstreet has been named to replace Kane as president of Wingfoot. Wanstreet returns to a leadership role at Wingfoot, where he previously served as vice president of operations for two years through to 2009. Most recently, he has been head of operations for Goodyear's consumer retail business.

McClellan expressed thanks to Copeland for his leadership during his tenure in North American Tire. "Joe made important contributions to several businesses at Goodyear, providing leadership in the face of some significant challenges," he said.

"We thank him for his contributions and wish him success in the future."