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Dr. Ben Patel

Dr. Ben Patel

Mr. Patel has served as Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, a global manufacturer of specialized passenger car, light truck, medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires since November 2019. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Tenneco, Inc., a manufacturer of automotive emission control and ride control products and systems. During his 8-year tenure at Tenneco, beginning in 2011, he held roles leading regional advanced technology development and establishing a global research and development organization. Prior to joining Tenneco, Mr. Patel held numerous positions with increasing responsibility, including senior scientist, at the General Electric Company during his thirteen-year tenure with the organization.

Mr. Patel has over 20 years of experience serving with publicly-traded, global products and technology companies. Mr. Patel has broad expertise in material science, automation and “smart” systems, as well as extensive research and development experience. Mr. Patel has been a leader in global innovation and research initiatives. This lends tremendous support to our focus on being an innovation leader in our industry and our advanced manufacturing growth strategy, which helps customers identify value and efficiencies in their welding and cutting operations. Mr. Patel in an important member of the Audit and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees.

Director since 2018