Kortokrax named Cooper manufacturing VP
Phil Kortokrax has been appointed vice president of manufacturing for North American tyre operations at Cooper Tire. Kortokrax joined Cooper more than 20 years ago, beginning in Information Technology and moving into manufacturing leadership roles at the company's Findlay plant. In 2000, he returned to Cooper corporate offices as manager, and then director, of internal auditing. Five years later, Kortokrax became general manager of Max-Trac Tyre Co. Inc. (Mickey Thompson), a subsidiary of Cooper. In 2008, he returned once again to Cooper's corporate offices as VP of dealer channel sales.
In 2011, Kortokrax was made VP of strategic marketing and planning. “Phil’s wide breadth of experience within our company, as well as his demonstrated leadership skills, will remain valuable as we continue to excel at manufacturing industry leading products within a cost-competitive and efficient production environment,” said Chris Ostrander, president of Cooper’s North American tyre operations. Kortokrax holds a bachelor’s degree in business systems analysis from the University of Findlay and an MBA from the University of Toledo. He also has completed the Executive Leadership Program at the University of Notre Dame.