Clifford H. Johnson has been elected president and chief executive officer of Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. of Cumberland, Md. He succeeds Albert W. Dunn, who will become chairman until he retires later in the year.
Johnson and Dunn, who are relatively recent arrivals at Kelly-Springfield, both held the top management position at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s Canadian subsidiary. Kelly-Springfield, a tire manufacturer and distributor, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Goodyear.
A 34-year veteran of the rubber industry, Johnson, 59, arrived at Cumberland in September after a three-year stint as president and chief executive officer of the slightly smaller Goodyear-Canada division.
In an interview, Johnson said his first priorities would be to maintain Kelly-Springfield's technological edge in the tire industry and to keep up with the increasing demand for radial tires. The company is spending $250 million -- its largest single capital investment -- to convert its Tyler, Tex., plant to produce radial tires. Johnson said he will try to increase production at other plants through capital improvements.
Dunn, 63, has spent most of his 39-year career with Goodyear's international division. In addition to a three-year term as president of Goodyear-Canada, he has held management positions in the Philippines and South Africa.
Kelly-Springfield, with annual sales of more than $1 billion, employs 8,000 people in plants in Maryland, Texas, Illinois and North Carolina, including 2,000 people in Cumberland.