Goodyear's Miracle Man?

It must have been a bittersweet moment for Tom H. Barrett, chairman of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. In late April, his friend Stanley C. Gault marked his retirement as CEO of Rubbermaid Inc., just a short ride from Goodyear in Wooster, Ohio. As a Rubbermaid director, Barrett witnessed the praise heaped on Gault: videos, plaques, and finally, a standing ovation at the annual meeting. It was just about then that Barrett, 60, was preparing to negotiate his departure from the ailing tire giant, and he had to realize that he would never win the kind of plaudits Gault had.

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