announced the appointment of Jeff Noel as the company's corporate vice president
for communications and public affairs. His appointment is effective Nov. 1.
Noel will oversee the company's global external and internal communications,
government relations, and corporate affairs, including Whirlpool's community and
other strategic partnerships. Noel, 46 years old, who is stepping down in
October as president of Cornerstone Alliance, the Benton Harbor-based economic
development group, will report directly to Jeff Fettig, chairman, chief
executive officer and president of Whirlpool.
"Jeff brings a rich background of experiences and leadership to this new
position," said Fettig. "He has an extensive work history in both the public and
private sectors. Jeff also has led economic development in our headquarters
community, and has worked with governmental agencies at the county, state and
Noel's background will help Whirlpool to more effectively leverage
communications, government relations and public affairs across multiple
constituent groups. In this capacity, he will serve as the company's key
representative in an array of community and strategic alliances, such as the
Benton Harbor-based Alliance for World-Class Communities, the Whirlpool
Foundation and national associations.
Before joining the Cornerstone Alliance in 1993, Noel served as the executive
vice president for the Greater Louisville Economic Development Partnership,
commissioner for the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development's Department of
Financial Incentives, director of government affairs for Brown & Williamson
Tobacco Corporation and executive assistant to U.S. Senator Wendell Ford of
Noel holds a master's degree in business administration from Marymount
University and a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from the University
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