named Joseph Zekoski general director of its Luxembourg Technical Center. He replaces Jean Bergh, who is retiring after 37 years of service.
"Joe is a respected leader in both our technology and business organizations, with an outstanding background working in close partnership with our customers and our businesses," said Joseph M. Gingo, chief technical officer. "He has the combination of business, technical and market experience needed to ensure a strong link and integration between those functions."
Zekoski, 55, will report to Gingo and to Arthur de Bok, president of Goodyear's European Union strategic business unit.
Zekoski was director of the company's North American Tire retread business. He joined Goodyear in 1979 as a tire designer, and was director of technology, North American Tire commercial business from 2002 to 2004. Throughout his career he has held numerous technology leadership roles in North American Tire, and was general director of the company's air spring and molded products business.
Bergh, 63, joined Goodyear in 1968 in Luxembourg and was named to his current role in 2002. "Jean Bergh has been a great asset to Goodyear throughout his career," Gingo said. "His experience and leadership will be missed."
On Tuesday, Goodyear shares rose 6 cents to $15.33.