AKRON (Feb. 4, 2010)—Goodyear has named Curt Andersson president of its North American Tire business unit.
Andersson, 48, currently president of the Cooper Crouse-Hinds division of Cooper Industries in Syracuse, N.Y., succeeds Richard Kramer, who was elected Goodyear's chief operating officer last June.
He has been president of Crouse-Hinds for the past six years. Prior to that, Andersson was senior vice president of industrial integration for Timken Co. in Canton, Ohio. He also spent six years at General Electric Co. in roles of increasing responsibilities in the U.S. and Mexico, culminating as general manager of the aviation information services business from 1999 until 2000, according to Goodyear.
Andersson will join Akron-based Goodyear Feb. 16.
“Curt is a well-rounded business leader with a broad set of experiences who has been tested in a host of markets and businesses,” Kramer said in a statement. “He has built and led successful teams. He also has a tremendous understanding of manufacturing, supply chain and sourcing from his experiences with both GE and Timken. Curt brings a successful track record of leading organic sales growth through strong customer orientation and product innovation.”
Goodyear Chairman and CEO Robert J. Keegan said, “We see Curt as a great fit with our organization and someone who will be able to continue to drive the positive momentum that has been created previously by Rich and his strong North American team.”
A 1984 graduate of Northwestern University with a B.S. in electrical engineering, Andersson received his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School in 1989 and began his business career in marketing with IBM Corp. He also spent five years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. Inc., and A.T. Kearney Inc., before joining General Electric in 1994.