RMA Names Dr. Charles A. Cannon as President and CEO

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WASHINGTON, D.C.May 29, 2008 – Dr. Charles A. Cannon was named President and CEO of RMA. He has served in that role on an interim basis since February.

“Next January, a new administration in Washington will present new challenges and new opportunities. We are adamant in our belief that the tire and rubber industry needs to be prepared for January 2009 and the days and months that follow,” said James MacMaster, Chairman of the RMA Board of Directors (Yokohama Tire Corporation). “For that reason, the RMA Executive Committee is in agreement that Charlie Cannon is clearly the right person to be the RMA CEO.”

Cannon got his start in Washington on the staff of the House Appropriations Committee followed by several years with United Technologies Washington, D.C. office. He has managed Cannon Consultants, Inc., for the last twenty years, serving such diverse clients as Los Alamos National Laboratory, The National Audubon Society and the California Energy Commission.

Dr. Cannon also has served as CEO for Land Mine Detection Systems, Inc., was co-founder and Vice President for New Product Development Consortium, a venture capital consortium, and he was Executive Vice-President for the Composting Council and the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation.

Cannon earned his PhD from Stanford University, an MA from Rice University, and a BA from Columbia University.

“On behalf of RMA’s Executive Committee, let me say how excited we are over the prospect of Charlie Cannon leading the RMA as our CEO,” MacMaster said. “We believe that his leadership will help us build a stronger and more vibrant RMA.”

“I am looking forward to working with RMA’s members to address the many challenging issues facing this industry, Cannon said. “This is a unique and exhilarating opportunity for me and I am thrilled at the prospect of continuing to work with an industry with such a long and distinguished history.”

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include 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.