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Whirlpool names new executives


BENTON HARBOR, Mich. Whirlpool has named Michael Todman, currently president of Whirlpool International, as president of Whirlpool North America. Todman replaces David Swift who has resigned as president of Whirlpool North America and as a member of the company's board of directors. Whirlpool also announced that Paulo Periquito, currently evp of Whirlpool and president of Whirlpool Latin America is being promoted to the position of president of Whirlpool International, succeeding Todman.

Todman was named president of Whirlpool International and a member of Whirlpool's board of directors in December 2005. Prior to this assignment, he served as evp and president of Whirlpool Europe since October 2001 and previously served as evp of North America Region. Todman began his career with Whirlpool in 1993 as director of finance for the United Kingdom and has held a variety of leadership positions since that time. Prior to joining Whirlpool, Todman worked for 10 years at Wang Laboratories, a computer hardware and software company.

Periquito was named evp and president of Whirlpool Latin America in 1997. He joined Whirlpool as president of the appliance business in Brazil in 1996. Prior to joining Whirlpool, he spent more than 20 years at Alcoa-Brazil and Latin America. In 1989, he was named Alcoa cfo for Latin America and was also elected member of the Alcoa Board of Directors in Mexico. From 1991 to 1993, he served as ceo of Grupo Aluminio (an Alcoa subsidiary in Mexico). In 1994, Paulo was named evp (responsible for all operations) and member of the board for Alcoa in Latin America.

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