Whirlpool shuffles international execs
Whirlpool has appointed Jose Drummond Jr., the current president of Whirlpool Latin America, to the position of president of Whirlpool Europe, Middle East and Africa. Drummond will continue to report to Michael Todman, president, Whirlpool International. He replaces Bracken Darrell, who resigned from the company.
Whirlpool also announced that Joao Carlos Brega, currently president of Embraco, the company’s compressor business, will become president of Whirlpool Latin America. Brega will also report to Todman.
Roberto Campos, currently VP business and marketing, and Embraco electronic controls, will succeed Brega as president of Embraco.
Drummond became executive VP and president, Whirlpool Latin America, in September 2008. Previously, he was president, Whirlpool Latin America Home Appliances. He joined Whirlpool in 1999 as director, procurement, Whirlpool Latin America, and held a number of managerial positions, including VP sales and marketing, Whirlpool Latin America, and VP supply chain, Whirlpool Europe. Prior to joining Whirlpool, Drummond worked for Alcoa Aluminio and Accenture.
Brega became president, Embraco, in 2009. Previously, he was president, Whirlpool Mexico and Canada. Prior to this role, he was chief financial officer for Whirlpool Latin America. Brega joined Whirlpool in 1995 and served as operations director for Argentina and Chile, and finance director for North America and Latin America. Prior to Whirlpool, he worked for Sharp for Brazil.
Campos joined Embraco in 1987. He recently worked as VP business and marketing, and Embraco electronic controls. Prior to that, he was VP research and development and worked in several operational areas of Embraco.
Whirlpool is the world’s largest manufacturer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $19 billion in 2011. The company markets products under the brands that include Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Consul and Bauknecht.
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DMT sees interest in U.S.-made products
DMT Diamond Machining Technology, manufactured in Massachusetts since 1976, reported an uptick in the interest of USA-made products and services.
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In the last five years, DMT has aggressively opened new markets in Europe and Asia; today its export business accounts for 25% of the company’s total revenue. The company said that even during the height of the recession, DMT was able to boost sales by 18%.
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