1. Robert Mercer, Goodyear CEO during Goldsmith raid, dies at 96

    Robert Mercer, Goodyear CEO during Goldsmith raid, dies at 96

    AKRON — Robert E. Mercer, who spent more than four decades working for Goodyear and is perhaps best known for fending off a hostile takeover attempt in 1986, died Aug. 28 at his home in Akron of natural causes. He was 96.

    Mr. Mercer, whose career at Goodyear spanned 42 years — including six as chairman and CEO — arguably will be most remembered for leading the effort over a two-month period of 1986 to pushing back against a hostile takeover attempt by Anglo-French financier Sir James Goldsmith.

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    1. Sure, Goodyear came out reasonably intact.
    2. As our CEO during the attempted takeover of the company in 1986, Bob stood firm in his commitment to our associates, to the company, to our customers and to the city of Akron.
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