Thomas L. Williams, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Parker-Hannifin Corporation, has been elected to the board of directors of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
Williams, 60, has served as Chief Executive Officer of Parker-Hannifin Corporation, a leading worldwide diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, since February 2015 and as Chairman of the Board of Parker since January 2016. From August 2008 to February 2015, he was Executive Vice President and Operating Officer of Parker.
Prior to joining Parker-Hannifin, Williams was employed by General Electric Company for 22 years, where he held various executive operating positions for four different GE business groups: Capital, Aviation, Lighting and Transportation.
Commenting on his appointment, Goodyear Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Richard J. Kramer, said: “We are pleased to welcome Tom to the Goodyear Board of Directors. He is a proven chief executive with more than 30 years of international operations experience and particular expertise on complex and cyclical businesses. Tom’s extensive knowledge of manufacturing, distribution, logistics and innovation, along with a track record of focusing on safety and sustainability, will be a tremendous asset to our board. We look forward to his many contributions to our company, shareholders and community.”
Williams, who holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University and MBA from Xavier University, is a member of the Board of Directors for the Make-a-Wish Foundation and a member of the Business Roundtable and The Business Council.