AKRON (May 25, 2005) — The retirement of E.A. “Chip” Sterosky as Goodyear's general manager of countrywide retail has prompted a series of changes in the management structure of the tire maker's retail operations division.
With Mr. Sterosky's retirement, the management of Goodyear's 624 company-owned Gemini Auto Service Centers will be divided among Dave Cranston, general manager-east, and Gary Sass, general manager-west. Both will report to Mike Blackburn, general manager of retail operations.
The position of manager of retail sales promotions—vacated by Mr. Sass—also will report to Mr. Blackburn. The company has not named someone to that position yet.
“With a more focused approach on east and west regions, we will enhance our organizational effectiveness,” Mr. Blackburn said. “This allows us to continue the momentum and positive business unit performance by Goodyear retail in the past two years.”
Mr. Sterosky elected to retire after more than 30 years with the Akron-based tire company. He first became a Goodyear store manager in 1976 in Detroit and has held many zone and regional positions in the company's retail division.
Overall, Goodyear Retail Operations is responsible for 763 company-owned tire stores, including 139 operated under the Just Tires retail format.