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Cooper names new senior VP & CTO

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has named Ben Patel senior vice president & chief technology officer.

Ben Patel

In his new role, Patel is responsible for product planning and development, as well as engineering and technology across all regions. He leads a technology organisation that includes a global technical centre as well as technical centres in Europe, Asia and North America.

Patel is a seasoned technology leader with more than 20 years’ experience. He came to Cooper following eight years at Tenneco where he most recently served as senior VP, CTO. In an earlier role at Tenneco, he served in the global clean air division as its vice president, global research and development, and helped create new products for global light and commercial vehicle customers to meet environmental and performance standards.

Patel also spent 12 years at General Electric (GE) in technical roles of increasing responsibility including senior research scientist at GE’s global research centre within the polymer and chemical technology laboratory.

Cooper Tire president and CEO Brad Hughes commented: “He joins a strong technical team that is highly focused on enhancing our products with an emphasis on what consumers want from their tyres.

“Ben will help us get ahead of the curve with products that meet current and future needs in mobility. He brings a strong foundation as a scientist, combined with a demonstrated ability to inspire and lead global teams to success. We are confident he will help take technology at Cooper to the next level.”

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