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LG Appliance Chief John Riddle Stepping Down

Lifetime industry vet ready for post-LG chapter

Appliance industry veteran John Riddle will retire from his post as home appliances and air solutions senior VP at LG Electronics at year’s end.

Riddle, who was literally born into the appliance business (his dad was an independent GE dealer), ends a six-year run at LG, which followed nearly 22 years at Maytag.

“It’s time for me to look at the next chapter of my life, outside of LG,” he told TWICE.

Riddle will be succeeded on Jan. 1 by Thomas Yoon, LG’s home appliances business unit head.

Riddle joined LG in 2011 as U.S. regional and business-to-business VP. He was later named home appliances senior sales VP, and promoted to his current post in early 2015.

More recently Riddle was appointed to the Major Appliance Board of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), the industry trade group, and in September testified on behalf of LG before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its protracted washer import case alongside Samsung CEO Tim Baxter.

Prior to LG, he held leadership roles at Philips, Electrolux, Fleetwood RV and Housing, Hisense and Maytag.

His more than two decades at The Maytag Co. included roles in field sales, brand management and regional operations, which led to appointments as general manager, corporate officer and VP.

He began his career at Riddle’s Appliance, his father’s Pennsylvania white-goods business.

Riddle said he enjoyed his time at LG, and its fast-paced international culture, and appreciated the opportunity to help grow the company’s U.S. appliance business with big-box and regional retailers.

Looking ahead, he said he hopes young people will consider the potential for “a wonderful career in the great and changing U.S. appliance industry.”

“I don’t believe there’s another big industry in our country that will face so many changes and opportunities ahead,” he said.