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

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Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

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.

Shea Resigns as RMA President & CEO

Charles A. Cannon Appointed Interim CEO

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.February 19, 2008 - Donald B. Shea has resigned as president and CEO of the Rubber Manufacturers Association to pursue other opportunities. His resignation was accepted by the RMA Executive Committee and is effective immediately.

Shea joined RMA in 1997 and his service to the industry and RMA membership has been greatly appreciated. The membership and staff of RMA wish him well in his future pursuits.

RMA’s Executive Committee, led by RMA Chairman James MacMaster (Yokohama Tire Corporation), has appointed Charles A. Cannon, PhD, as RMA interim CEO while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement. The search is expected to last approximately three to six months. Cannon begins his service at RMA today.

Cannon is president, Cannon Consultants, a firm dedicated to management, funding and consulting services for trade associations, environmental and defense institutions as well as private industry and new technology ventures.

Cannon has nearly four decades of executive management experience. He 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.

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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.