AKRON—Goodyear promoted Christopher Helsel to vice president and chief technology officer, effective Sept. 1.
Helsel currently serves as director, North America commercial and global off-highway technology. Goodyear said he brings a wealth of experience in research and development, technology and business roles.
“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.
“As traditional tire innovation and design become increasingly complex, our products and services also are becoming an integral part of the connected car operating in a new emerging mobility ecosystem. In that environment, Chris’ deep tire industry experience, his track record of driving change and delivering results in challenging assignments along with his curiosity and passion to win are a perfect combination to drive Goodyear’s innovation in our changing industry.”
Helsel, 52, joined Goodyear in 1996. He initially worked in roles of increasing responsibility in computer modeling, tire design and technology for consumer, commercial and racing tires. He was named a global director in 2010, overseeing the development of technology for consumer and commercial truck tires before relocating to Goodyear’s Innovation Center in Luxembourg as director of technology programs.
Helsel also lead the company’s commercial truck tire retread business in North America prior to assuming his current role earlier this year.