Washington, D.C. 20549



Form 8-K



Current Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of

the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 19, 2018




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Ohio   1-1927   34-0253240

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

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200 Innovation Way, Akron, Ohio   44316-0001
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (330) 796-2121



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Item 5.02.        Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On September 19, 2018, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (the “Company”) named Darren R. Wells as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective September 20, 2018. Mr. Wells succeeds Laura K. Thompson as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”). As previously announced, Ms. Thompson is retiring from the Company on March 31, 2019. She will serve as an Executive Vice President and will assist with transition and other matters until her retirement.

Mr. Wells is currently an Executive in Residence and MBA Coach at the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business, a position he has held since January 2018. Mr. Wells previously served as the Company’s Executive Vice President and CFO from October 2008 to November 2013. He first joined the Company in August 2002 and has served as Vice President and Treasurer (August 2002 to May 2005), Senior Vice President, Business Development and Treasurer (May 2005 to March 2007), Senior Vice President, Finance and Strategy (March 2007 to October 2008), and President, Europe, Middle East and Africa (December 2013 to December 2015). Mr. Wells is 52 years old.

Mr. Wells will receive an annual base salary of $700,000 and will participate in the Company’s Management Incentive Plan, with a target annual incentive of $700,000. He will receive $2,500,000 of long-term incentive awards from the 2017 Performance Plan, consisting of (1) $1,100,000 of Executive Performance Units for the performance cycle ending December 31, 2020, (2) $440,000 of Performance Share Units for the performance cycle ending December 31, 2020, (3) $660,000 of Restricted Stock Units that will vest on September 20, 2021, and (4) $300,000 of Restricted Stock Units that will vest on September 20, 2019 and will be payable on September 20, 2020. Mr. Wells will become a participant in the Executive Severance and Change in Control Plan, with a severance multiple of 1.5x, and the Supplementary Pension Plan. He will also receive a signing bonus of $500,000, which will be payable within 30 days of September 20, 2018.

A copy of the Company’s news release announcing Mr. Wells’ appointment is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.


Item 9.01.

Financial Statements and Exhibits.



Exhibit 99.1 – News release, dated September 20, 2018


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: September 20, 2018     By   /s/ David L. Bialosky
      Name: David L. Bialosky

Title: Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary