08 May 2008 | Paul Snell
Gary Miller, former chief procurement officer at Goodyear, has taken up a new role at plastics supplier A Schulman.
Miller has been appointed to the newly created position of vice-president of global supply chain and chief procurement officer at the Ohio-based company. He spent nearly 40 years at Goodyear and retired last September.
Schulman, a rubber supplier until the 1950s, said it would be adding employees from around the world to the procurement team.
The firm said Miller's role would be to increase efficiency, reduce waste and improve the firm's global purchasing power.
Schulman's CEO is Joseph Gingo, who spent more than 40 years at Goodyear before leaving his position as chief technical officer to join the plastics firm last December.
"Procurement is a global function and consolidating our purchasing and supply chain operations into one team will further our efforts to improve the profitability of our company," he said.
"Gary brings a tremendous amount of experience and skills in procurement and supply chain management, and we are fortunate to have him on board to lead our efforts in this critical area."
Mark Purtilar took over as chief procurement officer at Goodyear following Miller's departure. He manages a $10 billion (£5 billion) annual spend (Web news, 13 September). He previously worked at US car parts supplier ArvinMentor.