AKRON-General Tire has requested the resignation of three top executives in a realignment of its corporate staff. At the same time, parent company Continental A.G. has named one of its corporate executives to run General's passenger/light truck division.
These changes are part of a series of restructuring moves that have seen a number of managers leave General.
Stepping down as of Jan. 1 are: Horst K. Mehlfeldt, 53, senior vice president and chief financial officer; John D. Kelley Jr., 61, vice president, corporate quality and international technology; and John Henry Davis, 48, vice president and general counsel.
General Tire president and CEO Alan L. Ockene said the moves were made in line with a corporate restructuring that seeks to ``flatten the organization.''
``I regret taking this action because all the people involved are well qualified in their respective areas,'' Mr. Ockene said. ``But we have restructured and realigned our two operating divisions, and this is the final step in streamlining our operation.''
Coming to Akron is Bernd Frangenberg, who has been appointed executive vice president of General's passenger/light truck division, responsible for the largest unit of the company.
Mr. Frangenberg, 53, most recently was Continental's vice president in charge of original equipment and is the former head of Conti's Uniroyal Englebert Reifen GmbH division.
He replaces Edward ``Bud'' Kissel, who resigned in August along with Alexander MacLean, the division's senior vice president for sales and marketing, over a policy dispute with Mr. Ockene.
Mr. Frangenberg has been with Conti in various capacities since July 1981.
In mid-1983, Mr. Frangenberg was made director of Uniroyal-Englebert in Germany, and given responsibility for the Uniroyal brand within Conti. He took charge of OE, as well, in 1991.
During his tenure with Conti, Uniroyal improved its market position steadily, was a solid OE brand in Europe and was usually in the black.
In other moves, Joseph J. McCarthy replaces Mr. MacLean as senior vice president, sales and marketing in the passenger/LT division. In this post, he is responsible for OE and replacement sales (including private brands) and marketing for both General and Continental tire products.
Most recently, Mr. McCarthy was vice president of OE. He will be replaced in that position by Donald L. Botka, most recently director of automotive engineering.
In addition, Chris Dickson has become vice president marketing for the passenger/LT division. He previously was sales manager for Conti in Europe.
John C. Curry, 49, replaces Mr. Mehlfeldt as vice president and CFO and is responsible for all financial operations of General Tire. He had been vice president, controller of the General Tire Group.
Daryl L. Hollnagel, 39, replaces Mr. Davis as general counsel.