AKRON — Goodyear has named Ryan Patterson its chief operating and integration officer for Goodyear's Americas, a newly created position in which he will oversee integration in both the Americas and global units.
Mr. Patterson will lead the North America Consumer and Commercial business units, overseeing the Americas integration plan. Mr. Patterson formerly was senior vice president, business integration, and will continue to oversee global integration.
Goodyear Chairman, President and CEO Rich Kramer said under Mr. Patterson's leadership, the tire maker has "leveraged the best thinking and best practices from both the Goodyear and Cooper teams to develop a thoughtful and effective plan for integrating our companies, supporting our goal of making it easier for customers and consumers to choose Goodyear and Cooper."
Goodyear closed the $2.5 billion cash-and-stock deal to purchase the Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. on June 7. The combination brings together the world's No. 3 tire maker, with global sales of $11.4 billion in 2020, with Cooper, the No. 13 tire maker with $2.5 billion.
"Ryan's appointment as Chief Operating and Integration Officer for the Americas will position him to deliver and execute on our integration plan — and on our future goals for our combined Consumer and Commercial businesses in North America," Mr. Kramer said.
Mr. Patterson will report to Steve McClellan, president, Goodyear Americas.
"Ryan's deep knowledge of our business, our brand and our customers uniquely positions him to implement our integration plan, while also maintaining our shared focus on delivering business results," Mr. McClellan said. "I have enormous confidence in Ryan's ability to contribute immediate and sustained value to our business as we take it to the next level of success."
Patterson joined Goodyear in 2002, initially as part of its Latin America business, and later in leadership roles within North America, including president of the North America Consumer business. Prior to his current role, he serves as president of Goodyear's Asia Pacific business.