Yokohama Development Center Promotes Kahrs to VP of R&D

Yokohama Development Center Promotes Kahrs to VP of R&D | THE SHOPJeremy Kahrs has been promoted to vice president of research and development at the Yokohama Development Center America (YDCA) facility in Cornelius, North Carolina, the Yokohama Tire Corporation announced.

Kahrs, who was YDCA’s senior director of research and development, takes over all daily operations for YDCA, the company said. In his new role, Kahrs will report directly to Yokohama Tire Corporation CEO, Jeff Barna.

“Jeremy’s technical expertise, along with his passion for engineering, and his strong dedication to support the [research and development] team have greatly contributed to YDCA’s success,” said Barna.

The company also announced former YDCA VP Tom Kenny will take on an executive technical advisor position to define and oversee strategic projects and continue to support YDCA development, the company said.

“Tom has been instrumental in establishing YDCA as a true technical center for the U.S.,” Barna added. “In this new capacity, he will continue to work closely with the development team to make recommendations on future development, product testing and quality improvements.”

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