Clark Appointed to University at Buffalo Council

By Sue Wuetcher

Release Date: July 28, 2000 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Randall L. Clark, chairman of the board of Dunn Tire Corp., has been appointed to the 10-member University at Buffalo Council, the university's local governing council, by Gov. George Pataki. He succeeds Frank N. Cuomo.

Clark began his career in the tire industry in 1968 with the B.F. Goodrich Co., holding various positions in advertising, retail-store marketing and product management. He joined Dunlop in 1973 as director of marketing at the company's Buffalo headquarters.

Two years later, he was named vice president of marketing of the tire division, and was promoted to vice president of marketing and sales in 1977. Clark became president of Dunlop's tire division in 1980, and was appointed to the board of directors three years later.

He was named president and chief executive officer of the corporation in 1984, and was one of seven chief executives of operating companies appointed to the group management board of Dunlop Holdings, plc. The next year, he was elected chairman of the board after leading a management buyout of Dunlop Tire Corp. from its European holding company. After Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. purchased controlling interest in the company in 1986, Clark served as chairman of the board and CEO, responsible for all operations in North America.

Clark resigned as chairman and CEO in 1991. He continued to serve as a consultant to Dunlop, and engaged in private investment interests with the firm of Buffalo Ventures, Inc.

In 1992, he joined Pratt & Lambert as executive vice president and chief operating officer. He left the company after it was bought out by Sherwin Williams, and rejoined Buffalo Ventures.

After leading the buyout of Dunn Tire Corp. in 1996, he took over as chairman of the board. He remains a managing director and a principal of Buffalo Ventures.

Clark holds leadership positions in a number of local and regional organizations. He is a director of the Western New York AAA, Acme Electric, Taylor Devices, the Amherst Industrial Development Agency and HSBC Bank, Western Region, and serves as chairman of the board of Merchants Mutual Insurance Company. He is the past chairman of the Greater Buffalo Chamber of Commerce and the Upstate New York Round Table on Manufacturing and a founding director and immediate past president of the Western New York International Trade Council.