AKRON (Dec. 1, 2003) — Goodyear has named Mike J. Wilps manager, tire evaluation, effective today.
Formerly manager of the company's San Angelo, Texas, proving grounds, Mr. Wilps replaces Chuck McEvoy, 60, who is retiring after 37 years with the Akron-based tire maker. Mr. Wilps, 47, will report to John R. Bauer, general director of Goodyear's Akron Technical Center.
Mr. Wilps joined Goodyear in 1985 as a senior engineer and group leader in the company's tire vehicle engineering technology operations. In 1993, he became senior account manager for the company's light and heavy truck business with Ford Motor Co.
From 1998 until 2000, he was team leader at the San Angelo proving grounds, becoming manager of the facility in 2001.
He has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and, according to Goodyear, is working toward a master of science degree in business administration from Central Michigan University.
Replacing Mr. Wilps as manager of the San Angelo facility is Randy R. Brayer, 43, who began his career with the tire maker in 1982. He has worked in several departments with Goodyear including the high-performance tire development group, race tire engineering advanced development group, where he was a tire engineer, and advanced passenger development group in the product/technology platforms department.
Last January he was named team leader, advanced replacement development, which included responsibility for both passenger and advanced light truck tires. Mr. Brayer holds 51 patents for new tire products and was named Goodyear's “distinguished corporate inventor” in 1994 and 2000. In his new position, he will report to Mr. Wilps.