AKRON, Ohio (May 7, 2001) – Goodyear has appointed new leaders for its two European-based tire businesses.
Michael J. Roney was named president of the company´s European Union business unit, replacing Sylvain G. Valensi who will be on special assignment reporting to Robert J. Keegan, Goodyear´s president and chief operating officer.
Jarro F. Kaplan was made president of the Eastern Europe, Africa and Middle East business unit, replacing Mr. Roney. Messrs. Roney and Kaplan also will report to Mr. Keegan.
Mr. Roney, 46, had been president of the company´s Eastern Europe, Africa and Middle East business unit since 1999. Prior to that, he served variously as president of Goodyear Mexico; vice president of the company´s Asia region; and managing director of Goodyear Brazil. Mr. Roney also previously was managing director of Goodyear Argentina, served as sales director of Goodyear Brazil and held financial management positions in Argentina, Brazil and Peru.
Mr. Kaplan, 54, has been managing director of Goodyear Germany since 1999. Prior to that he was managing director of Goodyear U.K . for three years. He was named sales and marketing director for Goodyear Europe in 1995. His previous positions include managing director, Goodyear Turkey; sales and marketing director, truck tires, Europe; marketing manager, truck tires, Europe; and regional manager, sales training and marketing services.
Mr. Valensi, 58, had been Goodyear´s top executive in the European Union since 1996. Prior to that he was president of Goodyear France for three years. He previously was director of sales and marketing, Europe; and vice president of sales and marketing, Goodyear Canada.
He joined Goodyear in 1965 as a finance management trainee in France, where he also worked as branch administrator, manager of controlled distribution and director of replacement sales.