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Board of Directors

Michael R. Wessel, president of The Wessel Group Inc., was elected to The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Board of Directors on December 6, 2005.

Prior to founding The Wessel Group in 2006, he was a senior vice president with the Downey McGrath Group from 1999 to 2005 and served as executive vice president in 2006.

Wessel was appointed by Congress to serve as a commissioner of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission in 2001. He became a Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute in 1996.

Wessel began his career as a staff assistant for Congressman Richard Gephardt in 1977 and, in 1984, was named legislative director. In 1989, he was given the role of policy director. He served the Congressman as his general counsel from 1991 to 1998.

He also served as a key economic and trade policy advisor for Gephardt’s 1988 and 2004 presidential campaigns, as well as Senator John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. He was a senior policy advisor for the Clinton/Gore Transition Office in 1992 and 1993.

Michael R. Wessel
Michael R. Wessel
Goodyear Board of Directors