AKRON, OH—The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has named Paul Fitzhenry as senior vice president of global communications.

Fitzhenry will report to Richard Kramer, Goodyear’s chairman, president and chief executive officer and will be responsible for leading Goodyear’s global communications strategy and aligning it with the company’s business objectives, global strategy, and corporate mission. He also will oversee the operations of Goodyear’s fleet of airships.

He joins Goodyear with more than 25 years of experience. Since 2007, he has served as vice president of corporate communications with Tyco International, a $17 billion diversified global industrial company, leading internal and external communications, executive communications and brand strategy as well as Tyco’s global philanthropy and corporate responsibility programs.

Prior to joining Tyco, Fitzhenry spent 18 years in the global pharmaceutical industry in senior communications roles with Pfizer, Pharmacia Corporation and The Upjohn Company based in the US, Canada and Europe. He began his career as a newspaper reporter in Canada and later worked for a Toronto-based public and government affairs consulting firm.