Jean-Claude Kihn_President Goodyear EMEA
Jean-Claude Kihn was appointed President of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Europe, Middle East & Africa business in 2016.
Kihn joined Goodyear in 1988 at the Goodyear’s Innovation Center in Luxembourg.
In 1991, he received his first foreign assignment at Goodyear’s Plant in Thailand.
In 1994, he moved to Akron to join the Commercial truck tire development team for Latin America.
In 1996, he returned to Luxembourg to lead truck tire development for Europe, Asia Pacific, and Africa.
In 2000, he moved to Akron as Director Tire Technology – Latin America, and in 2002 he was named Director R&D Materials Science.
In 2003, he was named Managing Director of Goodyear Peru
In 2005, he became General Director of the Goodyear Innovation Center in Akron, Ohio
In 2008, he was appointed Senior Vice President & Chief Technical Officer
In 2012, he evolved into the role of Vice President & Managing Director of Goodyear Brazil
In 2014, he was appointed President of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Latin America
Kihn is a Chemical Engineer and has a Ph.D. from the University of Louvain, Belgium.
He is a native of Luxembourg and is fluent in English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese.