FINDLAY, Ohio—Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. reorganized its tire group, naming Mark F. Armstrong, D. Richard Stephens and Larry J. Enders presidents of the group´s three divisions.
The company also named William S. Klein executive vice president of Cooper Tire, and Francis L. Brennan vice president of technical for the tire group.
Armstrong leads the North American Tire Division, and oversees all the manufacturing, sales and distribution of passenger and light truck tires in North America. He joined Cooper in 1978 as a territory sales manager and held several posts, most recently vice president of sales and marketing for the tire group.
Stephens was named president of the International Tire Division. He is responsible for the manufacturing, sales and distribution of all tires outside North America and will oversee Cooper´s business development efforts. He joined the tire maker in 1978 as a truck tire development chemist and held various positions, most recently vice president of technical and commercial tire operations.
Enders will head the Commercial Products Division. He will take charge of the production, sales and distribution of radial medium truck tires, tubes and retread products. Enders joined Cooper when the firm purchased Standard Products Co. in 1999. He was president of Oliver Rubber.
Klein will oversee technical, engineering, industrial engineering and quality assurance, and continue to chair the operations planning committee. The 30-year Cooper veteran most recently was senior vice president of global manufacturing and technology development.
Brennan´s responsibilities cover the development of Cooper´s new products, mold manufacturing, tire materials, tire research and technology. He joined the firm in 1984 as an industrial engineering manager in Findlay and had a number of positions, most recently director of technical.