AKRON (Sept. 16, 2005) — Goodyear has named Arthur de Bok president of its European Union (EU) tire business, replacing Michael J. Roney who resigned recently.
In a separate move, Goodyear also named Marc Voorhees as vice president of finance for North America.
Mr. de Bok, 43 and a native of the Netherlands, joined Goodyear in January 2002 as vice president of marketing for the European Union business. Prior to that, he held several executive positions in Europe at Procter & Gamble Co.
When the EU business was restructured into product business units in mid-2003, he was promoted to vice president of its consumer tire business. There, according to Goodyear Chairman and CEO Robert J. Keegan, Mr. de Bok built a strong, multi-functional team that was innovative and came up with products that were successful in the marketplace.
“Arthur came to us with a rich background in consumer goods marketing and took our European marketing activities to a new level before being given overall responsibility for consumer tires,” Mr. Keegan said.
Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, the EU business is Goodyear´s largest outside of North America with 2004 sales revenues of $4.5 billion. The business oversees a number of Goodyear and Goodyear-Dunlop subsidiaries in the European Union.
Mr. Roney resigned in early September to become president of Bunzl P.L.C., a London-based distributor of non-food consumables.
Mr. Voorhees joins Goodyear from 28 years with Eastman Kodak Co., where he most recently served as operations manager, digital & film imaging systems for the European region. His appointment is effective Oct. 1.
Goodyear also announced it will host an investor meeting at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 23 in New York City. The meeting will be available online.