FINDLAY, Ohio (Dec. 5, 2001)— Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has named D. Richard Stephens president of its Cooper Tire unit, replacing John Fahl who retired earlier this year.
Mr. Stephens, 54, had been president of the company's International Tire Division of since December 2000.
In his new post, Mr. Stephens will be responsible for the company's worldwide tire operations which includes three operating units: North American Tire Division, International Tire Division and Commercial Products Division.
A 25-five year veteran of Cooper, he also has served variously as vice president technical and commercial tire operations, vice president of technical, director of technical, manager of product development and manager of compound development.
Mr. Stephens holds a bachelor´s degree from the University of Akron, an MBA from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and completed the Harvard University Advanced Management Program.
He is a member of the Tire Management Committee of the Rubber Manufacturers´ Association, the Society of Automotive Engineers, Product Development Management Association and the Akron Rubber Group.
Cooper Chairman, President and CEO Thomas A. Dattilo described Mr. Stephens as a “great leader” who “will move us forward in successfully executing our Cooper 21 plans and strategies."