AKRON (Dec. 12, 2001)—Goodyear said it has completed the realignment of its North America Tire unit and announced several key appointments within its new consumer tire replacement sales organization, headed by Vice President of Consumer Tires Jim Vogel.
The reorganization includes creation of a new Field Sales Division, responsible for business with independent dealers and G3 Xpress distributors, plus a Corporate Accounts Division to serve the mass retailer, custom brand distribution, consumer national accounts, export sales and government sales channels of distribution.
The Field Sales Division will under the direction of Mike Abney, director of field sales, consumer tires, assisted by general business managers Charlie Gallagher (East) and Enoch Turner (West).
Other related appointments include:
Eric Brown, formerly general manager of emerging channels, to general manager of wholesale distribution (G3X) channel;
Nelson Waynesboro, formerly general business manager, to general manager, consumer market development;
Rich Slutter, formerly director of sales administration for Goodyear Dunlop Tire North America, to manager, sales and operations, field sales:
Tom Gravalos, formerly general manager, mass retailer channel, to director, corporate accounts;
Rich Gibbons, formerly general manager, channel marketing, to general manager, wholesale distribution (custom brands).
Steve True, formerly general manager, affiliated dealer channel, to general manager, consumer national accounts and export sales;
Barry Petrea, to continue as general manager for the government sales channel;
Derek Jenner, formerly director, channel management, to director of Dunlop brand sales; and,
Brandon Stotsenburg, formerly general business manager, to general marketing manager, niche marketing.