AKRON — Ib Thomsen, former Goodyear vice chairman, died Sept. 7. He was 81.
Thomsen retired from the Akron-based firm in 1987 after 35 years with the company. He served as vice chairman for three years and also served on the board of directors for more than 14 years. Prior to becoming vice chairman, he was president of Goodyear International Corp. for 12 years.
A native of Denmark, Thomsen graduated from Niels Brock College in Copenhagen and also from Harvard Business School. He joined Goodyear International in 1952, first as a trainee with a Swedish subsidiary and then as treasurer of Goodyear India.
In 1958, he became treasurer of Goodyear Great Britain. While there, he served as financial director and secretary, assistant to the managing director, deputy managing director, managing director and then chairman, a post he took in 1968.
Thomsen became vice president of Goodyear International in 1971 and was promoted to president the following year. He was named an executive vice president and a director of the parent company in 1973.
As part of his duties with Goodyear International, Thomsen met many heads of state, such as Jawaharlal Nehru of India and his daughter, Indira Gandhi; Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret; Anwar Sadat of Egypt; and several U.S. presidents.
He is survived by his wife Lisa, a daughter, two sons and six grandchildren.