June 1, 2003
Samir G Gibara will resign as chairman of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co's board of directors effective June 30, 2003. Robert J Keegan, the company's president

Samir G Gibara will resign as chairman of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co's board of directors effective June 30, 2003. Robert J Keegan, the company's president and chief executive officer, has been elected by the board to succeed Gibara as chairman.

Tuthill Corp has appointed Jim Wilfore president of Tuthill Transport Technologies. He served as president of Fontaine Trailer Co for 18 years and is a current director and past chairman of the board of the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association. Ron Harman has been named executive vice-president — operations and will be responsible for operations in both the United States and Canada.

The NovaFlex Group has appointed Pete Livengood regional manager based at NovaFlex Hose Inc (formerly Lawrence Industries) in Burlington NC. Before joining The NovaFlex Group, he was regional sales manager for Salem Republic Rubber.

ArvinMeritor Inc has appointed Craig Pryor vice-president — operations, axles and drivelines, for its Commercial Vehicle Systems (CVS) group. He previously served as vice-president and general manager — access control systems for ArvinMeritor's Light Vehicle Systems group. CVS has announced that Pedro Ferro will assume responsibility for the Commercial Vehicle Exhaust product group. He will continue to serve as vice-president and general manager of Specialty Products. Rick Weisbart has been named vice-president of business development for CVS. He previously was vice-president and general manager for the group's exhaust product line.

Transportation Technologies Inc (TTI) has appointed Anthony Donatelli president and chief executive officer of the Imperial Group, a business unit of TTI. He joined the Imperial Group in May of 2002 as executive vice-president and chief operations officer. TTI has named John Schneider regional director of sales. Most recently, he was senior account manager for Freightliner. Dan DeBord has been appointed an account representative and will work from TTI's Portland sales office. He previously held sales positions with responsibility for customer sales and technical support.

Joseph A Mahler is the new director of finance for Hendrickson International, Trailer Suspension Systems, and will be based at trailer division headquarters in Canton OH. He joins Hendrickson from Crown North America in Wooster OH, a division of Leggett & Platt Inc, where he served as vice-president — administration and finance.

Veeder-Root has named Jeff Adams vice-president/general manager — operations, Kevin Jenson sales manager — North America, and Mike Walls northeastern EMR3 product line manufacturer representative.

Growmark has hired Larry Meyer as shop foreman at its Des Moines IA facility. Meyer comes to Growmark from Fruehauf of Des Moines and brings 36 years of experience in trailer maintenance, repair, and DOT inspections.

SkyBitz has named Richard L Burtner chief financial officer. Before joining SkyBitz, he ran his own professional service business, Entrepreneurial Business Solutions LLC.