Harbor, Mich. - Whirlpool's U.S. operations
president Marc Bitzer will succeed Michael Todman as president of Whirlpool
North America, effective Jan. 1.
Todman, in turn,
will return to his previous post as president of Whirlpool International, succeeding
Paulo F.M.O. Periquito, 63, who will continue to serve as chairman of Whirlpool
Latin America until his planned retirement on April 30, 2010.
will report to Whirlpool chairman Jeff Fettig.
"During the past
year, Marc Bitzer has led the U.S.
operations to improved performance and strengthened our leading market position,"
Fettig said in a statement. "I am confident that he will continue to lead
improvements in our North American operating performance with an emphasis on
growing our brands with innovation and disciplined marketplace execution."
The move ends
Todman's second go-around as head of North American operations, a role he first
held in 2001.
"Mike Todman has
led the North American business through one of the most challenging economic
times in decades," Fettig said. "He completed the integration of Maytag and
positioned the business for growth. In his new role, Mike will focus on
expanding our position in the rapidly growing international markets and will
also broaden his leadership of key global initiatives."
In other major
appliance news, Electrolux said it will consolidate its U.S. corporate office operations and support
functions into a single North American headquarters location in Charlotte, N.C.
The move, which
will be made gradually starting in summer 2010, is designed to "take advantage
of synergies, improve coordination and increase efficiencies," the company
said. More than 700 employees will eventually occupy the new Charlotte facility, to be located at 10200 David Taylor Drive
in the city's University Area.
"The state, along
with the county and city, were very helpful in working with us to find the
incentives that made this the right choice for Electrolux," said Kevin Scott,
president/CEO of Electrolux Major Appliances North America.
Electrolux and its
Frigidaire brand presently maintain major operations in Augusta, Ga.,
Benton Harbor, Mich. - Whirlpool's U.S. operations president Marc Bitzer will succeed Michael Todman as president of Whirlpool North America, effective Jan. 1.