Whirlpool Corporation makes leadership changes

Joe Liotine. Courtesy Whirlpool Corporation

Whirlpool Corporation has named Joseph T. Liotine as its next president and COO, and Winn Everhart is taking on Liotine’s previous role as executive vice president and president, North America.

Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool (NYSE: WHR) said the changes were effective Sept. 1.

“I’ve had the good fortune of working with Joe for many years, and I’m continually impressed with his strategic thinking related to the everyday execution of our business,” said Marc Bitzer, Whirlpool chair and CEO. “He’s an exceptional leader with a clear vision to exponentially grow our brands around the globe. During the past 18 months in particular, Joe has demonstrated his preparedness for this next step with outstanding results in North America during a very challenging time on every dimension.”

Liotine previously was executive vice president and president of Whirlpool’s North America Region since November 2014. In addition, he led the Global KitchenAid Small Domestic Appliances business, as well as Global Information Systems. Previous to this role, he was president of U.S. Operations and has held a variety of roles with increasing responsibilities, such as vice president of marketing for the North America Region.

Liotine began his career with Whirlpool Corporation in 2004, serving the company in a variety of sales, strategy and marketing roles. He spent three years managing Canada operations before returning to the U.S.

Prior to joining Whirlpool, Liotine held positions within Quaker Oats and PepsiCo. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University.

Everhart succeeded Liotine as executive vice president and president of the North America Region. He joined Whirlpool in October 2020 as senior vice president overseeing U.S. commercial and business operations including brand and strategy, product marketing, sales, consumer services and integrated supply chain, including U.S. and Mexico plants. In his new assignment, he now serves on Whirlpool’s Executive Committee.

“Winn has very quickly immersed himself in the industry and already demonstrated the leadership traits that will continue to accelerate our North America region forward,” Liotine said. “His strong general management skills and consumer experience orientation will help fuel our future growth and reinforce our portfolio with our consumers who depend on us each and every day.”

Winn Everhart. Courtesy Whirlpool Corporation

Prior to coming to Whirlpool, Everhart spent nearly two decades at the Coca-Cola Company, where he most recently served as general manager for the company’s Philippines operations. In that role, Everhart and his team were responsible for developing the strategic vision, brand marketing and overall company communication within the Philippines while partnering with various strategic business partners and franchisees, Coca-Cola Femsa and then Coca-Cola Bottling Investment Group. Everhart held a wide variety of strategic and operating roles, gaining broad domestic and international experience during his tenure at Coca-Cola.

Everhart holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School.

“I have great confidence in both Joe’s and Winn’s ability to deliver on our mission of improving life at home for consumers around the world,” Bitzer said. “We are very well-positioned to make an even greater impact in the years to come with their leadership.”

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