CHICAGO—George O’Leary, former senior vice president of global communications at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, has been named senior vice president, public relations, community and government affairs of Sears Roebuck and Company. He takes over from Ron Culp, who stepped down from the senior communications post at Sears earlier this year.
O’Leary joined Goodyear in 2002 after spending four years at Mobil Corporation, where he led the global communications function as general manager of global public before the company’s merger with Exxon. O’Leary previously served as vice president, public affairs and communications, for distilled spirits leader Bacardi.
He also has experience in the technology sector at companies such as Unisys, IBM, and United Technologies Corporation.
To replace O’Leary, Charles (Chuck) Sinclair has been named senior vice president, global communications, at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, reporting to president and chief executive officer Robert Keegan. Sinclair will be responsible for leading Goodyear’s global team of communications professionals and providing counsel to senior leadership on issues impacting the company.
Sinclair previously served as vice president of communications and public relations for the company’s North American tire division.
“Chuck Sinclair is a highly regarded communications leader in our company and within our industry,” says Keegan. “He has been an outstanding and trusted communications leader in our North American business and will bring that extensive experience and knowledge to the corporation as we continue to execute the company’s turnaround strategy.”
Sinclair joined Goodyear in 1984 as plant public relations manager in Lincoln, Neb. He moved to Goodyear’s Akron headquarters in 1987, working in a variety of communications assignments.
Sears is one of Goodyear’s largest customers.