Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company 8-K 2005
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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
(a) On December 6, 2005, the Registrant’s Board of Directors approved amendments to the Registrant’s Performance Recognition Plan (the "Plan"). Participants in the Plan have the opportunity to receive incentive-based compensation in addition to their fixed compensation based upon the attainment of business and individual objectives. The amendments relate to the deferral of awards made under the Plan. Under the Plan, certain participants may elect to defer all or a portion of an award made under the Plan in the form of cash or stock units. If an award is deferred in the form of stock units, the Registrant matches 20% of the amount deferred and the participant is awarded the applicable number of stock units from the Registrant’s Performance Plan. The amendments, which will be effective for Plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2006, specify that such awards of stock units are to be made under the Registrant’s 2005 Performance Plan. A copy of the amended Plan is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1.
Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Principal Officers.
(d) On December 6, 2005, the Registrant's Board of Directors elected Michael R. Wessel as a Class III director with a term expiring at the 2006 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Mr. Wessel has been named a member of the Committee on Corporate Responsibility and Compliance. Mr. Wessel was nominated for director by the United Steelworkers of America (the "USW") pursuant to the terms of the master collective bargaining agreement between the Registrant and the USW. A copy of the news release issued by the Registrant on Tuesday, December 6, 2005, announcing the election of Mr. Wessel is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Exhibit 10.1 -- Performance Recognition Plan of the Company adopted effective January 1, 2006.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.