FINDLAY, Ohio (Dec. 7, 2000)—Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has reorganized its tire group, naming presidents for its North American, international and commercial products divisions, the company announced Dec. 6.
Mark F. Armstrong was named president of Cooper´s North American tire division with responsibility for the manufacturing, sales and distribution of passenger and light truck tires in the region. Mr. Armstrong had been vice president of sales for the tire group since 1994.
D. Richard Stephens became president of Cooper´s international tire division, with responsibility for tire operations outside of North America as well as business development efforts for all of Cooper Tire.
Larry J. Enders, formerly president of Oliver Rubber Co., was named president of Cooper´s commercial products division, responsible for the manufacturing, sales and distribution of radial medium truck tires and tubes as well as retreading products. He will relocate to Findlay.
The three will report to John Fahl, president of the tire group.
Mr. Armstrong joined Cooper in 1978 as a territory manager and since has held a number of management positions including marketing manager, Cooper brand sales manager and vice president of sales. He was named vice president of sales and marketing for the tire group in March.
Mr. Stephens joined Cooper in 1978 as a truck tire development chemist and subsequently served as compound development manager and product development manager, and director of technical for the company. He became vice president of technical in 1994 and was promoted to vice president of technical and commercial tire operations in March.
Mr. Enders served as president of Oliver prior to and since Cooper´s acquisition of Oliver´s parent, Standard Products Co., in October 1999. He has been part of Oliver for more than 30 years and held various management positions there.
In a related move, William S. Klein was named executive vice president of Cooper Tire, with responsibility for overseeing technical, engineering, industrial engineering, quality assurance and will continue to chair the company´s operations planning committee. He previously served as senior vice president of global manufacturing and technology development since 1999.
In a separate announcement, Joseph L. Faine, formerly director of Cooper brand sales, was promoted to vice president of house brand sales for the company´s tire group.