Whirlpool Announces Changes to Sourcing Leadership

Sept. 10, 2008
Home appliance maker appoints former Nissan exec to replace retiring senior sourcing VP.

Home appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. announced earlier this week that Mark Brown, the company's senior vice president of global strategic sourcing, will retire effective Nov. 1. John Miller, most recently with Nissan North America, has assumed the position effective Sept. 9. The two will work together in the following weeks to ensure a seamless transition.

Brown has held the position of senior vice president of global strategic sourcing since 2002. He joined Whirlpool in 1973 as an accountant and has since held a variety of leadership positions, including being named CFO in 1999. Whirlpool's chairman and CEO Jeff Fettig remarked that during Brown's 35-year tenure with Whirlpool, he has made significant contributions that have helped shape the company.

"Our strategy will position Whirlpool to be among the world's best in sourcing in large part due to the vision that Mark has established," said Fettig. "This important work will benefit our company for years to come. On behalf of everyone at Whirlpool, I wish Mark and his family all the best in the next phase of their lives."

Continuing Brown's vision, Miller brings several years of experience, most recently as Nissan's vice president of purchasing for the company's North American operations. Prior to Nissan, he was director of Motorola Personal Communications Sector's worldwide supply chain. He also spent 17 years with Honda of America, serving as assistant vice president of purchasing cost planning and assistant vice president of motorcycle plant operations.

"John has an outstanding background directing global sourcing organizations and multi-billion dollar buys within the automotive industry and technology sector," said David Szczupak, executive vice president of global product organization."He has held leadership positions in some of the world's most highly regarded procurement operations, and his experience optimizing worldwide supply chains and developing cost knowledge will be extremely beneficial to our company as we work to leverage sourcing on a global scale."

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