Chris Helsel is responsible for a global network of tire technology, innovation, research and product development operations, focused on creating industry-leading solutions for consumer, commercial and off-the-road vehicles, in addition to aviation and racing.  Mindful of the inflection point in mobility, Helsel and his team operate with duality, working to enhance Goodyear’s core tire product while innovating “beyond” tires to enable the evolution and future of movement.

Upon taking this role in 2017, one of Helsel’s initial decisions was to establish an office in Silicon Valley to take advantage of an epicenter of mobility with intent to co-disrupt with like-minded partners. That office has grown exponentially since and additional “innovation labs” have been established in other global locations.

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Helsel earned his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Cleveland State University and his Master’s from the University of Akron in the same discipline. He lives in Medina, Ohio with his wife and has three children. An avid reader, Helsel’s favorite business book is Playing to Win by Lafley and Martin and The Theodore Roosevelt Series by Edmund Morris is his top biography pick.