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Fettig Named Whirlpool President

Whirlpool has tapped an 18-year company veteran, Jeff Fettig, as president-COO, a position that has been open for more than two years.

Since 1994, Fettig has headed Whirlpool Europe, “successfully leading our significantly improved performance in Europe, which has lead to Whirlpool’s position as the number-one brand of appliances in Europe,” according to Whirlpool chairman-CEO David Whitwam.

Fettig was previously VP of group marketing and sales for Whirlpool’s North American Appliance Group. The parent company’s first president-COO since Bill Mahron was promoted to vice chairman early in 1997, Fettig moves into Whirlpool’s Benton Harbor, Mich., offices soon, after relocating back to the U.S.

Fettig, who was also elected to the company’s board, reports directly to Whitwam.

Whirlpool also has a new executive VP-CFO, Mark Brown, previously corporate VP and controller. Brown succeeds former senior executive VP-CFO Ralph Hake, who resigned early this month.

Bengt Engstrom, who had been VP of manufacturing and technology for Whirlpool Europe, succeeds Fettig as executive VP and head of Whirlpool Europe.