FINDLAY, Ohio (Oct. 31, 2005) — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has announced the appointments of three financial managers.
The Findlay-based tire maker has named Darren J. Cates as controller for the Cooper-Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd. joint venture in Kunshan, China. Melissa L. Depinet has been named manager, financial planning, and John W. Gobrogge has been named manager, financial accounting.
Mr. Cates is responsible for financial matters relating to the factory resulting from the joint venture between Cooper Tire and Kenda. He joined Cooper-Avon Tyres Ltd. in 2001 as financial controller for Cooper-Avon's subsidiary sales companies then relocated to the U.S. in 2003 to assume his most recent role of manager, financial planning.
A native of London, England, Mr. Cates will be relocating to the Shanghai area. He holds the equivalent of an accounting degree from Swindon College, Swindon, England, and earned his certification from the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants in England, Cooper said. He is a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians and the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants.
Ms. Depinet is responsible for developing financial statements and financial statement support for the financial plans, forecasts and updates. A Cooper employee since 1997, she has held several positions within the financial area. Her most recent role was senior accountant, a position she has held since 2004.
A Fostoria, Ohio, resident, Ms. Depinet holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and an MBA from the University of Findlay.
Mr. Gobrogge is responsible for overseeing monthly financial closings, accounts payable and public reporting. He joined Cooper in 2002 as a senior accountant, the position he held until his recent promotion. A Findlay resident, Mr. Gobrogge holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University.