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WASHINGTON, D.C., November 18, 2009 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association has elected Richard J. Kramer as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Kramer is Chief Operating Officer of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. He also serves as President of the company’s North American Tire business unit, a position he has held since March 2007.
Kramer succeeds Jim MacMaster, Executive Vice President, Business Division for Yokohama Tire Corporation.
“Jim MacMaster provided valuable time, energy and leadership during the past two years,” said Charles A. Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “We look forward to continued strong leadership with Rich Kramer.”
The RMA Chairman of the Board of Directors is elected to a two-year term. Kramer has served on the RMA board since 2007 and also has chaired RMA’s Finance Committee.
“A strong, effective trade association is crucial to ensuring that industry concerns and issues are heard by federal and state policymakers. I am looking forward to my term as RMA Chairman and working with my industry colleagues to address the public policy and regulatory issues and challenges before us.” Kramer said.
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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include more than 100 companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.