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Whirlpool appoints president of Europe, Middle East and Africa region

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Whirlpool has appointed Esther Berrozpe as president of the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region and to the company’s executive committee. Berrozpe is currently VP European markets for the company’s EMEA region. 

"Esther is a proven global leader at Whirlpool Corp. Her experience in both Europe and North America is strong, and she is well-suited to lead our European business," said Jeff Fettig, chairman and CEO of Whirlpool Corp. 

She replaces Jose Drummond, who will return to Brazil for personal reasons and continue his role of president, Whirlpool S.A. Brazil board of directors, until year-end. 

Berrozpe became VP European markets, EMEA, in August 2012. Prior to this role, she was VP brand and product, North America Region. Berrozpe joined Whirlpool Corp. in June 2000 and has held various trade marketing, product and brand leadership roles of increasing accountability in Europe and in North America. Berrozpe has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Deusto University in Spain. She also studied Economics and International Business at Universita degli Studi Bergamo in Italy.

Berrozpe’s new role will be effective May 1, 2013.

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Nardelli nominated for Office Depot board

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Office Depot’s largest shareholder, Starboard Value, included Bob Nardelli on its list of candidates for the Office Deport board of directors.

Nardelli, the former CEO of The Home Depot and subsequent CEO of Chrysler, was part of a slate of nominees that included Tractor Supply Co. director Cynthia Jamison. 

Office Depot is engaged in merger talks with its rival OfficeMax. 

The move wouldn’t be the first Home Depot-Office Depot crossed executive paths. The Atlanta-based home improvement giant’s senior VP supply chain Mark Hollifield was president of supply chain management at Office Depot before joining Home Depot in 2006.

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Green Building Council still open for suggestions

BY Ken Clark

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) opened its sixth and final public comment period for LEED version 4. The comment period runs through March 31.

From a lumber industry perspective, the current LEED standard recognizes certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

According to a release from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, the comment period offers a “last chance to urge USGBC to include all recognized forest certification standards including SFI, American Tree Farm System, Canadian Standards Association and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes." 

The next version of LEED is being discussed by the USGBC here.

 

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