AKRON, Ohio (Dec. 6) — Goodyear has elected Michael R. Wessel, an attorney with nearly 30 years of experience as a policy and international trade adviser in Washington, to its board of directors.
Wesesl was nominated for election to the board by the United Steelworkers union, which received the opportunity to get representation on the board via the 2003 master contract settlement with the Akron tire maker.
Wessel has been a senior vice president with the public affairs consulting firm Downey McGrath Group since 1999, and was appointed by Congress to serve as a commissioner of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission in 2001. He became a fellow of the Economic Policy Institute in 1996.
He served as a staff assistant, legislative director, policy director and general counsel for former Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.). He was an economic and trade policy adviser for Gephardt and later John Kerry in their president campaigns.
He also was a senior policy adviser for the Clinton/Gore Transition Office in 1992 and 1993.
Goodyear´s board now numbers 11 directors.