Cooper Tire appoints new SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer

Cooper Tire announced that Paula Whitesell will join the company as Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) effective July 27.

“There is nothing more critical to Cooper’s success than our people. We are excited to have such a talented HR executive join us as we continue to develop the organizational capabilities and company culture that will help Cooper deliver our strategic plan and help employees grow personally and professionally. Our company purpose states that ‘everyone deserves to travel through life’s journeys with confidence,’ and this includes our teams, customers, consumers, and all of our stakeholders. We look forward to Paula helping us live this purpose every day,” said Cooper President & Chief Executive Officer Brad Hughes.

Paula Whitesell | © Cooper Tire

Whitesell joins Cooper from Peapod Digital Labs (PDL) in Chicago, where she served as Vice President, Human Resources, and was responsible for human resources, communications and customer care. PDL is a unit of Ahold Delhaize, an international leader in supermarkets and e-commerce. She progressed to this role after serving as Vice President of Human Resources at Peapod, LLC, a leading online grocer.

Whitesell holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs with special studies in labor relations and a master of
business administration degree (MBA), both from Indiana University.

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