Cooper Tire Names New Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources and Communications

FINDLAY, OH – December 21, 2009 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – COOPER TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY (NYSE: CTB) today announced the appointment of Brenda S. Harmon to the position of Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources and Communications, effective immediately. In this capacity, she will lead all human resource and employee relations activities for the company.

Harmon has been chief human resources officer for both public and private companies, including Vice President of Human Resources for Contech Construction Products and Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Secretary for AK Steel Corporation. She has also held various senior management positions, where during a 28-year career, she managed all aspects of human resources, including compensation and benefit administration, talent acquisition and development, employee communications and employee relations.

“Brenda’s expertise and breadth of knowledge will be a tremendous asset to the Cooper Tire organization, and I look forward to her added guidance as she becomes a member of the executive leadership team,” said chairman, president and CEO Roy Armes. “She is not only a seasoned human resource executive, but also one whose skills and experience align very well with our company’s needs. Her proven experience, solid organizational and leadership development skills, and track record of building strong management and human resource teams will be an invaluable asset to us as we continue to grow the company.”

Harmon holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, and a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.

Her office will be located at Cooper’s global headquarters in Findlay, Ohio.

About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is a global company that specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing and sales of passenger car and light truck tires and subsidiaries that specialize in medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. With headquarters in Findlay, Ohio, Cooper Tire has manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design facilities within its family of companies located in 10 countries around the world. For more information, visit Cooper Tire’s web site at:

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