Whirlpool’s head of global design retiring; company names replacement

J Mays Courtesy Whirlpool Corp.

Whirlpool Corporation selected a replacement for its outgoing global consumer design leader, who is retiring at the end of the year.

The Benton Harbor-based maker of appliances and technology said last month after three years with the company, J Mays, global consumer design lead, will retire as planned at the end of 2021. The company selected veteran design leader Tisha Johnson to succeed him.

During his tenure, Mays led the company’s global consumer design (GCD) team in setting the design direction of Whirlpool Corporation’s product portfolio around the world. He successfully integrated the role of GCD into the initial stages of the product planning process, putting design at the forefront of product leadership.

Tisha Johnson Courtesy Whirlpool Corp.

“J has been an invaluable member of our leadership team, inspiring a unified approach and engaging all the human senses in our global consumer design to improve life at home,” said Roberto Campos, senior vice president, global product organization.

Under Mays’ leadership, Whirlpool Corporation’s portfolio of products earned multiple iF Awards in design excellence, along with other design accolades such as the Red Dot Awards in the multiple regions where the company does business.

“I have felt honored to work with this incredibly talented team of designers that is committed to making a positive impact on people’s lives,” Mays said.

Johnson joined Whirlpool as the new global consumer design lead on June 1. She comes from the Herman Miller Group, where she served as vice president of global product design, guiding design efforts across the company’s product portfolio. Previously, she was vice president of global automotive interior design at Volvo Car Group in Gothenburg, Sweden. She held several roles of increasing responsibility during her tenure at Volvo, including head of design, North America.

Johnson also held roles with Milliken & Company, managing strategic design at its Advanced Concept Studio in California. Additionally, she established a design consultancy, Trendviz Studio, providing business strategies for several consumer product categories. Some of her recent recognitions include the Design Grand Prize (2019, Festival Automobile International in Paris) and Industry Innovator of the Year (2017, Detroit Auto Show).

“Tisha will be a wonderful addition as our new leader for global consumer design, and I look forward to the point of view she will bring to the future of our products,” Campos said.

Johnson studied transportation design at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California.

“Whirlpool’s vision to improve life at home is particularly inspiring to me since the human connection is central to the design process,” she said. “I’m excited to work with such a strong global team and look forward to collaborating on the future of iconic kitchen and laundry products.”

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