Goodyear Announces Finance Leadership Changes
Several changes in Goodyear Tire & Rubber’s finance leadership have been announced. Filling the soon to be vacant position of vice president and controller, North American Tire is Richard J. Noechel, currently vice president of finance for North American Tire. Noechel replaces Thomas A. Connell, who intends to retire on March 1, 2011. The position at present occupied by Noechel will be filled by Laura K. Thompson, who currently serves as vice president of business development. Stepping a rung up the ladder into Thompson’s old job is David Campopiano, currently senior director of business development. All abovementioned changes will take effect on March 1, 2011.
“Tom has been an invaluable member of the company’s finance leadership team. He provided sound judgment and strong process discipline that has contributed enormously to Goodyear’s financial business processes, while also building our finance team globally,” said Darren R. Wells, Goodyear’s executive vice president and chief financial officer. Connell joined Goodyear as vice president and controller in 2003, after working 24 years in financial management positions at TRW Inc. He also was Goodyear’s chief information officer from February 2008 to April 2010.
Richard Noechel began his career at Goodyear in 2004 as assistant controller. Two years later, he became chief financial officer of the company’s South Pacific Tyre subsidiary in Australia before returning to the tyre maker’s Akron, Ohio headquarters in 2008. He was vice president and controller of Goodyear from March 2008 to December 2008, before assuming his role as vice president of finance for North American Tire. “Rick brings both a strong technical background and a depth of business knowledge to the role, having been part of both Goodyear’s North American and Asian businesses,” said Wells.
Laura Thompson was appointed vice president of business development in 2005, where she has been responsible for acquisition, divestiture and partnership activities in supporting Goodyear’s long-term strategies. She began her Goodyear career in 1983 and served in various financial and accounting positions, both in business units and corporate staff. She served as director of investor relations from 2000 to 2002 and most recently worked in North American Tire from 2002 to 2005, when she served as finance director for Consumer Tires and director of business development. “We are pleased to have Laura back in North American Tire in the lead financial role, where her expertise and deep knowledge of Goodyear will be an asset,” commented Curt J. Andersson, president of North American Tire. Darren Wells added: “Laura is a strong and visible leader both internally and in representing Goodyear outside the company. She brings to her new role a depth of Goodyear knowledge as well as a strong market perspective from her prior business development and investor relations roles. We are fortunate to have Dave Campopiano, a highly experienced and talented business development professional, to step into this critical role.”
Campopiano has been senior director of business development since 2008, and was director of business development from 2005 to 2008. Prior to joining Goodyear, he spent 15 years at Ferro Corporation, including a period as vice president of mergers and acquisitions.