FINDLAY, Ohio—Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has reorganized its tire group, naming presidents for its North American, international and commercial products divisions, the company an-nounced Dec. 6.
Mark F. Armstrong was named president of Cooper's North American tire division, responsible for the manufacturing, sales and distribution of passenger and light truck tires in the region.
D. Richard Stephens became president of Cooper's international tire division, with responsibility for tire operations outside of North America and business development efforts.
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 has held a number of 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 also joined Cooper in 1978 as a truck tire development chemist and subsequently served as compound development manager, 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 was 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 in various management positions.
In a related move, William S. Klein was named executive vice president of Cooper Tire, with responsibility for overseeing technical, engineering, industrial engineering and quality assurance. He will continue to chair the firm's operations planning committee.
Mr. Klein formerly was 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 Cooper's tire group.