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Christopher Ball has been named senior vice president of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., and president of North America Tire Operations, effective March 19.

Ball comes to Cooper from Whirlpool Corp.

His hiring follows the promotion of Phil Kortokrax to the position of senior vice president for global operations and procurement.

Ball will report to Brad Hughes, president and chief executive officer.

North America is Cooper’s largest market. In his new role, Ball will be responsible for formulating and driving execution of strategic plans to grow Cooper’s business within the dealer-distributor network as well as in new sales channels.

He will partner with the company’s operations and technical teams in the U.S., which focus on the design and manufacture of tires in safe and sustainable facilities, including four manufacturing plants, as well as supply chain operations.

Ball joins Cooper following a 15-year career with Whirlpool Corp.

Most recently, he served as global vice president for the company’s KitchenAid small appliance business. Prior to that, Ball held leadership positions within Whirlpool’s laundry business, beginning as senior director of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) laundry team, a role for which he was based in Comerio, Italy.

He was later promoted to general manager of the North America laundry unit, Whirlpool’s largest business. His career at Whirlpool also included sales and marketing leadership positions of increasing responsibility within multiple business segments. Before joining Whirlpool, Ball was with General Mills for two years.

Ball has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and a master’s degree in business administration from the executive master’s program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He serves on the Dean’s Council of the Kelley School of Business.

Kortokrax, as senior vice president for global operations and procurement, is responsible for overseeing the company’s global manufacturing operations, which include eight tire manufacturing plants on three continents, as well as global procurement. He is also responsible for Cooper’s emerging global original equipment business, and worldwide truck and bus radial tire business.

Kortokrax has been with Cooper for nearly three decades.

He joined Cooper in 1990 as a member of the information technology team, moved into plant operations in 1994, and by 2003 progressed to the position of director-internal audit.

He went on to serve as general manager of the Mickey Thompson business, and in 2008 moved to North America Tire Operations as vice president for dealer channel sales.

Three years later, he was made vice president for strategic marketing and planning. In 2012, he was appointed vice president of manufacturing and supply chain for North America Tire Operations, a post he held until being named to the North America leadership role in 2015.

Kortokrax earned a bachelor’s degree in business systems analysis from the University of Findlay, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Toledo.

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