Goodyear names new SVP, general counsel
David E. Phillips, Goodyear Tire & Rubber’s associate general counsel, Americas, has been appointed the company’s senior vice-president and general counsel. He begins in this new role on 4 June.
The change reflects the upcoming departure of David L. Bialosky, senior vice-president, general counsel and secretary, who is retiring from Goodyear after a decade of service. Bialosky will remain with the company as an officer through his retirement date of 30 September to assist with the transition.
Phillips joined Goodyear in 2011 as senior legal counsel, Real Estate and Finance, and later advanced to his current role, where he oversaw the legal affairs of the Americas business unit, including leading the staff of attorneys and paralegals who support it. Phillips has served in a leadership role on numerous key initiatives for the company, including launching TireHub, its distribution joint venture.
“I want to thank Dave Bialosky for his counsel and partnership over the past decade,” comments Richard J. Kramer, chairman, chief executive and president of Goodyear Tire & Rubber. “He leaves an enduring legacy at Goodyear, reflected in the calibre of his team and the strong leadership we have in place for the future. I am very confident in Dave Phillips’ ability to lead Goodyear’s Law Department, expanding on the world class law organisation Dave Bialosky established. He is a collaborative leader who understands our business, with the proven ability to develop effective solutions to both opportunities and challenges.”
Additionally, Goodyear announced that Dan Young, senior legal counsel and assistant secretary, will become secretary and associate general counsel. Young joined Goodyear in 2007 and since then has provided legal counsel on securities law, finance, corporate governance and executive compensation matters, as well as support for the Goodyear Board of Directors.
“I have worked with Dan Young for many years and seen the value that he brings to Goodyear, time and time again. His appointment to secretary is a welcome addition that will enable him to make even greater contributions to Goodyear’s success,” says Kramer.
Phillips will report to Kramer; Young will report to Phillips.