BENTON HARBOR, MI—Whirlpool Corporation has named Jeff Noel as the company’s corporate vice president for communications and public affairs. His appointment is effective November 1. Noel takes over from Barry Holt, who joined the company in 2000 and announced his retirement earlier this year.
Noel will oversee the company’s global external and internal communications, government relations, and corporate affairs, including Whirlpool’s community and other strategic partnerships. Noel will step down in October as president of Cornerstone Alliance, a Benton Harbor-based economic development group, and will report directly to Jeff Fettig, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Whirlpool.
“Jeff brings a rich background of experiences and leadership to this new position,” said Fettig. “He has an extensive work history in both the public and private sectors. Jeff also has led economic development in our headquarters community, and has worked with governmental agencies at the county, state and federal levels.”
Before joining the Cornerstone Alliance in 1993, Noel was the executive vice president for the Greater Louisville Economic Development Partnership, commissioner for the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s Department of Financial Incentives, director of government affairs for Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation and executive assistant to U.S. Senator Wendell Ford of Kentucky.
Noel’s background will be particularly relevant to Whirlpool’s government relations and public affairs across multiple constituent groups. He will serve as the company’s key representative in community and strategic alliances, such as the Benton Harbor-based Alliance for World-Class Communities, the Whirlpool Foundation and national associations.