Published on January 10, 2014

Ex-CIA deputy chief Morell elected to Goodyear board

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Michael Morell

AKRON (Jan. 10, 2014) — Michael J. Morell, retired deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, has been elected to Goodyear’s board of directors.

“We are pleased to have Michael Morell join the Goodyear board of directors,” said Goodyear Chairman and CEO Richard J. Kramer. “He brings to our board outstanding leadership skills and a global perspective gained during the course of three decades of distinguished service to the United States. We look forward to adding his skills and expertise to our board.”

Mr. Morell served as deputy director of the CIA from May 2010 to August 2013. A career officer, he held a variety of senior leadership positions with the agency, including serving as acting director twice, director of intelligence and executive director. He also served as a deputy director at the National Counterterrorism Center.

He joined the CIA in 1980 as an analyst covering international energy issues. Mr. Morell later worked on East Asia for 14 years, holding a number of jobs in analysis and in management before his selection in 1999 as director of Asian Pacific and Latin American analysis, according to Akron-based Goodyear.

A native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Mr. Morell earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Akron and a master’s degree in economics from Georgetown University.

Mr. Morell, 55, served on President Barack Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Telecommunications. He is a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a counselor at Beacon Global Strategies, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Goodyear said that throughout his career, Mr. Morell received a number of awards, including the Presidential Rank Award for exceptional performance; the Distinguished Intelligence Medal for his role in the 2011 operation against Osama Bin Laden; the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal; the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal; the Department of Defense Service Medal; and four CIA Director’s Awards.

His election to Goodyear’s board brings its size to 13 members.

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