Whirlpool’s vice chairman announces retirement

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

BENTON HARBOR — Vice Chairman Michael Todman will retire at the end of the year after 22 years with Whirlpool Corp.

Todman was appointed to his current role in October 2014 where he has been responsible for leading the acquisition and integration of Hefei Sanyo in China. Todman has also led operations throughout Asia, Latin America and Global Information Systems.

Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig said Todman has played a large role in developing and mentoring many of the business leaders Whirlpool has today.

“Mike Todman is a key leader who has played an integral part of all the positive changes within our company during the past 22 years,” Fettig said in a news release. “He has either directly run, or had responsibility for, all of our regional businesses in the world during his tenure at Whirlpool Corp. Mike has been instrumental in the expansion of our global enterprise and the growth of our brand portfolio enabling us to be the No. 1 appliance maker in the world.”

Whirlpool spokeswoman Kristine Sherman said this was a planned retirement, as Todman will stay on through the end of the year.

Todman began his career with Whirlpool in 1993, when he joined Whirlpool’s U.K. market as finance director.

During his tenure, he has held a number of roles at Whirlpool including senior vice president of Sales and Marketing for Whirlpool North America; vice president of Sears Sales and Marketing for Whirlpool North America; vice president of Product Management for Whirlpool North America; controller for Whirlpool North America; and vice president of Consumer Services for Whirlpool Europe.

Prior to joining Whirlpool, Todman held several positions at Wang Laboratories Inc., and Price Waterhouse and Co.

Todman serves on the board of directors of Newell-Rubbermaid and Brown-Forman Corp. He also served on the board of directors of Georgetown University and the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan.

Sherman said Whirlpool has not announced anything in regards to who will replace Todman as vice chairman. Sherman did say Todman and his wife, Lynn, expect to remain in the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph area and will remain active in the community.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Oct. 22, 2015)

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