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Whirlpool names Marc R. Bitzer president and COO

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Staff writer | Benton Harbor, Mich., USA | October 22, 2015
Marc R. BitzerOctober 22, 2015, Benton Harbor, Mich., USA - Whirlpool Corporation announced the promotion of Marc R. Bitzer to the position of president and chief operating officer.
Mr. Bitzer has also been appointed to the Whirlpool Board of Directors. Mr. Bitzer was named vice chairman in November 2014, with accountability for the company's North American and European businesses.

Prior to this assignment, he served as president of Whirlpool North America (NAR) and Whirlpool Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He joined Whirlpool Europe in 1999 as Vice President, of the company's Bauknecht brand group.

He became Senior Vice President of Marketing Sales and Services for Whirlpool Europe in 2000, and was named President of Whirlpool Europe in January 2006.

Before joining Whirlpool Europe, Mr. Bitzer worked for eight years at the Boston Consulting Group in Munich and Toronto, and was named vice president in 1999.

Mr. Bitzer earned both his MBA and doctorate from the St. Gallen Graduate School of Business, Economics and Law in Switzerland.

Whirlpool Corporation also announced that Vice Chairman Michael A. Todman will begin his planned retirement at the end of the year after 22 years of service to the company.

Mr. Todman was appointed to his current role in November 2014. He has been responsible for leading the acquisition and integration of Hefei Sanyo in China, as well as leading operations throughout Asia, Latin America, and Global Information Systems.

Mr. Todman began his career with Whirlpool in 1993, joining Whirlpool's U.K. market as Finance Director.

During his tenure, he provided leadership in a number of roles at Whirlpool including Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Whirlpool North America; Vice President of Sears Sales and Marketing for Whirlpool North America; Vice President of Product Management for Whirlpool North America; Controller for Whirlpool North America; and Vice President of Consumer Services for Whirlpool Europe.

Prior to joining Whirlpool, he held a variety of leadership positions at Wang Laboratories Inc., and Price Waterhouse and Co. Mr. Todman currently serves on the board of directors of Newell-Rubbermaid and Brown-Forman Corporation.

He also served on the board of directors of Georgetown University and the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan. He is also a member of the Loyola University Council of Regents.


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