AKRON, OHIO – Stephen McClellan and Joe Copeland have been named to new leadership assignments within Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company's North American tire business.

McClellan, formerly vice president of Commercial Tire Systems, has been named president of the North American Tire Consumer business, replacing Lawrence Mason, who has announced he will leave the company. Copeland, previously vice president of the Off-Highway businesses, becomes vice president of Commercial Tire Systems, replacing McClellan. A replacement for Copeland will be named at a later date.

McClellan has spent his career at Goodyear since joining the company in 1988. Most of his experience has been in a variety of management roles within the consumer tire business, including finance, sales, and distribution. In December 2001, he moved into the commercial tire business, serving as president of Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems, Goodyear's industry-leading national network of commercial tire sales, retreading, and service. He was promoted to vice president, Commercial Tire Systems in September 2003.

Copeland has a broad base of experience both outside and inside of Goodyear. He came to Goodyear in August 2000 having worked in various capacities at Ford Motor Company and Intel Corporation. At Goodyear, he has held a number of significant positions, including president of Goodyear's chemical division, senior vice president of business development, strategy and restructuring, and CEO of South Pacific Tyre (Australia) before moving into the position of vice president of Off-Highway businesses in February 2007. 

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet