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Cooper Tire appoints Ben Patel as CTO

Cooper Tire appoints Ben Patel as CTO

Ben Patel has been appointed as the Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Cooper Tire. He will be responsible for product planning and development, as well as engineering and technology across all regions. Patel will oversee the global technical centre as well as technical centres in Asia, Europe and North America. He brings with him over two decades of experience.

Patel has a PhD in chemistry from Yale University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Ottawa. He has 24 U.S. patents and has been published in more than a dozen scientific publications. In 2017, Patel received the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 2017 Rising Star Award. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Lincoln Electric.

“Ben is an experienced and talented leader. He joins a strong technical team that is highly focused on enhancing our products with an emphasis on what consumers want from their tires. 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,” said Cooper Tire President & Chief Executive Officer Brad Hughes.

Earlier, Ben was Tenneco’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. He also served in the Global Clean Air Division as Vice President, Global Research and Development, and helped create new products for global light and commercial vehicle customers to meet environmental and performance standards at Tenneco.
Patel spent 12 years at General Electric (GE) in technical roles including Senior Research Scientist.

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