Yokohama Announces Organizational Changes

February 10, 2015

Yokohama Corporation of North America announced several organizational changes within Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC), which took effect Feb. 1, 2015.

Rick Phillips was named vice president of sales, consumer, commercial and OTR. Previously, Phililps served as senior director, commercial and OTR sales.

“Rick has significantly grown our commercial and OTR business and will be a vital asset on the consumer side,” said Takaharu Fushimi, Yokohama Corporation of North America’s CEO. Phillips will report to Takayuki Hamaya, YTC chief operating officer.

Larry Kull is now senior director, consumer sales. Previously, Kull was senior director, tire business planning and sales operations. Kull will report to Phillips.

Fred Koplin moved from senior director, consumer sales to senior director, marketing. Koplin will report to Hamaya.

Andrew Briggs, former senior director, marketing, product planning and technical services, is now senior director, tire business planning, product planning and sales operations. Briggs will report to Hamaya.

“As Yokohama continues to build on its success,” Fushimi said, “we felt it was the right time to align our organization to take advantage of our core strengths and provide opportunities for people to contribute further to our growth.”