POTOSI, Mo.Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. has named Roger Lucas its new CEO, replacing company co-owner Robert Purcell, who continues as chairman of the board.
Mr. Lucas will join the Potosi-based retail, commercial and off-the-road tire dealership and retreader on or before May 1. He currently serves as senior vice president of TCi Tire Centers L.L.C., a unit of Michelin North America Inc. In addition to this
move, Purcell's board of directors said President Dennis Flynn will become a board member and serve as its vice chairman.
The company also is expanding its board to seven members from six.
Mr. Purcell said he expects Mr. Lucas will bring his own ideas to his role as CEO of Purcell Tire. He's been successful in his own right, he said. He's going to do a good job. He's independent.
He added that he and his wife Juanita, also co-owner of the dealership, are pleased that Mr. Lucas has accepted the CEO's position, as it will ensure the continued growth, strength and future of our company.
At TCi Mr. Lucas managed all of the company's operations, including 67 commercial tire centers, nine retread facilities and 970 employees. He has been with Michelin since 1992.
Mr. Lucas' hiringmade as part of the company's succession planningwas announced by Mr. Purcell, 79, and his 78-year-old wife, who continues as COO.