The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today announced Thursday that Gary VanderLind, vice president of human resources for the company’s Americas region, will become senior vice president of global human resources starting Feb. 1.

He will succeed John Lucas, who is retiring, and will report directly to Richard J. Kramer, the chairman, CEO and president.

"Goodyear’s 64,000 associates are the most important ingredient to our success as we seek to capitalize on the trends shaping the global mobility landscape," Kramer said. "With three decades of proven Goodyear experience in multiple regions and serving many parts of the business, Gary is uniquely positioned to make an impact on attracting and developing our talent around the world.”

VanderLind began his Goodyear career in the company’s retail stores in 1985, during which time he managed multiple company-owned outlets for the company. He advanced through various human resources roles as well as corporate and functional roles.