AKRON (May 7)—Goodyear has appointed two new leaders for its European-based tire businesses. The company has named Michael J. Rooney president of its European Union business unit, replacing Sylvain G. Valensi, who will be on special assignment, Goodyear said. Valensi, a 20-year Goodyear veteran, has been president of the company's Eastern Europe, Africa and Middle East business unit since 1999. Jarro F. Kaplan will serve as Goodyear's new president of the Eastern Europe, Africa and Middle East division. With the tire maker since 1969, he takes his latest post after serving as managing director of Goodyear Germany since 1995.