AKRON (July 14, 2000) — Goodyear today announced a series of managerial changes in the wake of the retirement of 58-year-old William J. Sharp, president of North American Tire. Mr. Sharp, a 36-year Goodyear veteran, has stepped down after a year in that post.
In a press release, Chairman and CEO Samir Gibara commended Mr. Sharp for several highlights of his career, including start-up of the Lawton, Okla., tire plant, presidency of Goodyear Europe and ``successfully beginning the turnaround in North American Tire.´´
John C. Polhemus, president of Goodyear´s Latin American operations since July 1999, has assumed Mr. Sharp´s position as president of North American Tire. Mr. Polhemus, 56, joined Goodyear in 1969 and has held positions in Europe, Asia and the Phillipines for the Akron-based firm.
Goodyear also announced two other changes within North American Tire.
Marco V. Molinari, formerly vice president of sales and marketing, has been appointed to a new position as vice president, global marketing projects, and Jim M. Vogel, formerly director of corporate accounts, has been named vice president of marketing and corporate accounts, reporting to Mr. Polhemus.
Succeeding Mr. Polhemus as president of the Latin America region is Chris W. Clark, former managing director of Goodyear Brazil. Mr. Clark, 48, joined Goodyear in 1973 and also has held positions in Australia, Indonesia and several other Latin American countries.
Eduardo Fortunato, currently director of sales and marketing for Latin America has assumed Mr. Clark´s former position in Brazil.
All of these changes are effective immediately, Goodyear said.