AKRON,— Goodyear has made its first personnel move in the wake of its proposed $2.5 billion acquisition of the Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., naming Ryan Patterson to lead the integration of the companies.
Mr. Patterson, who was president of the Asia Pacific business unit, will now serve as senior vice president, Business Integration.
Nathaniel Madarang, managing director of Goodyear China, will succeed Patterson as president of Goodyear Asia Pacific. Both appointments are effective immediately.
Goodyear President, CEO and Chairman Richard Kramer said as a senior leader, Mr. Patterson has the depth and experience "to lead the integration of our acquisition of Cooper Tire to maximize benefits for our shareholders, customers, consumers and associates.
"Ryan is a market-back leader with broad, global perspective. From his leadership roles in Asia, North America and Latin America, he understands all aspects of our business end-to-end, including manufacturing, is deeply familiar with our customers and has served as the lead architect for some of Goodyear's core go-to-market strategies."