Paul Fitzhenry, VP of corporate communications for Tyco International, will join Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. on Oct. 8 as its chief communications officer.

Paul Fitzhenry

Fitzhenry, 53, who takes a senior VP, global comms. title, moved to Tyco in 2007 from Pfizer as the then-$41B conglomerate reorganized after a split into three companies. He oversees global comms., as well as operations of Goodyear’s iconic airships.

Ed Markey continues as VP, corporate comms., for Goodyear.

Fitzhenry started out as a reporter in Toronto before moving to PR. Earlier stints included The Upjohn Company and Pharmacia with postings in U.S., Canada and Europe.

Roger Rydell, VP of global business communication for Goodyear, left in February to head marketing and communications for Parallon Business Solutions in Nashville.

Christopher Curran heads comms. and PR as a VP for its North American tire business.

Goodyear, based in Akron, Ohio, had 2011 revenue of $22.8B.

Tyco has not yet named a replacement.