ERJ staff report (DS)
Akron, Ohio -- Pierre Cohade is leaving Goodyear after seven years for an unspecified opportunity outside the company. He is being replaced as head of Goodyear's operations in Asia-Pacific by Daniel Smytka.
Smytka, 49, joined Goodyear in 2008 as vice president of the consumer tyre business in the company's Asia Pacific region. Previously, his career spanned nearly 20 years of progressively larger operational, consumer and commercial business leadership roles with General Electric.
In a statement, Goodyear said, "Pierre Cohade has decided to leave Goodyear and move to a new opportunity that will be announced at a later date." He will remain with the company through the end of the year to assist with the transition.
Richard Kramer, Goodyear's Chairman, President and CEO said, â€œSuccess in the Asia Pacific region, especially in China, is critical to reaching our long-term goals." He added, â€œSuccess in the Asia Pacific region, especially in China, is critical to reaching our long-term goals.
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Press release from Goodyear