Oliver creates advisory unit ATHENS, Ga.—Oliver Rubber Co. has created a president's council in an effort to expedite information flow between the field, its licensee council members and the company president's office.
The advisory group, which will address marketing and technical topics, will hold periodic ``open door'' meetings with President and CEO Larry Enders, Oliver said.
Members include: John Inama, regional fleet sales manager; Steve Phillips, sales manager Eastern region; Gary Platt, district sales manager; Jim Schanbacher, district sales manager; and Darrel Shipkowsky, senior district sales manager.
Yokohama Tire names president
FULLERTON, Calif.—Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.'s Executive Director and Tire Group President Yasuo Tominaga has been named president of its Fullerton-based Yokohama Tire Corp. subsidiary.
The 59-year-old Mr. Tominaga, who retains his position as executive director of the parent company, replaces Eika Yamagata, who is returning to Japan to serve as director of managerial information system and business process re-engineering.
The North American operation is no stranger to Mr. Tominaga. One of his most recent appointments was as director of the North American Tire Business in 1991.
Staff changes aid IMI support
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.—International Marketing Inc., a Chambersburg marketer of tire and wheel maintenance products and equipment, said it hopes to make customers' dealings with the company easier and more effective by tripling its customer service staff.
By increasing its sales support staff over the past 18 months, IMI said it has made its value-added services—including on-site training, instruction, equipment installation and a toll-free hot line—more available.
New sales vice presidents include: Peter Zenger, vice president of domestic sales; Hugh Dereede, vice president of international sales; and Charles ``Skip'' Jones, vice president of aviation sales.
New sales managers include, Glenn Angle, Northeastern region; Brian Bennett, southern mid-Atlantic region; Kenny Briggs, northern mid-Atlantic region; Bob Corey, north Midwestern region; Jim Fogal, central region; Dan Haney, northwestern region; Ben Hysell, Southwest region; Brian Slezak, western region; Tim Stover, Midwestern region; and Henry Trimm, southeastern region.
With the addition of the new personnel, IMI said every state now has an assigned sales representative, yielding faster, more efficient results.
Campbell replaces James at RAC
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario— Donald G. Campbell has replaced Brian James as the president of the Rubber Association of Canada, effective Jan. 1.
A former military engineer with the Royal Canadian Air Force, Mr. Campbell had been a crown project manager with the Federal Department of Industry, working on automotive and tire plant projects.
He later became director of the automotive components and tires directorate in Ottawa and was responsible for Canada's Tire Industry Restructuring Program, which brought more than $1 billion of new tire manufacturing investment into the country.
Mr. Campbell is one of two RAC*honorary life members.
Mr. James, who had been RAC president for 12 years, retired at the end of 1996.
BFS promotes 5 exec managers
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. recently promoted five senior managers, including Charles R. Ramsey, president of Firestone Agricultural Tire Co.
Mr. Ramsey, was elected to BFS' board of directors and named a corporate executive vice president. He remains president of the ag tire unit.
Trevor Hoskins, formerly vice president public affairs, was promoted to senior vice president, while Vito DeFlorio, president of Bridgestone/Firestone Argentina, Scott McKean, corporate controller, and Frank Doman, former executive director of human resources, were promoted to vice president of BFS.
Saul Solomon, formerly corporate secretary and general counsel for corporate and international law, has been promoted to divisional vice president, labor relations for BFS.
Each man will retain his previous responsibilities.