Goodyear appoints new VP and chief technology officer

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Christopher Helsel is to become vice president and chief technology officer at Goodyear as of September. He has been promoted from his current position as director for commercial and global off-highway technology in North America.

“While technological leadership has always been at the core of our company, at no time in our 119-year history have we seen the pace of change progress as rapidly and profoundly as we are currently experiencing,” said Richard J Kramer, chairman, chief executive officer and president.

Helsel, 52, joined Goodyear in 1996 and spent the early years of his career working in a series of roles of increasing responsibility in computer modeling, tire design and technology for consumer, commercial and racing tires.

In 2010 he was named a global director, overseeing development of technology for consumer and commercial truck tires before relocating to Goodyear’s Innovation Center in Luxembourg as director of technology programs. He went on to lead the company’s commercial truck tire retread business in North America prior to assuming his current role earlier this year.

August 23, 2017

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