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Jeff M. Fettig became Whirlpool Corporation’s chairman and chief executive officer, effective January 2006. Previously, he was elected to the position of chairman, president and chief executive officer in July 2004. He served as president and chief operating officer, and was elected to the Whirlpool board of directors, from June 1999.
Fettig joined Whirlpool in 1981 as an operations associate. He held a number of managerial positions in operations, sales, planning and product development before being promoted to vice president, marketing, KitchenAid Appliance Group in July 1989. In October 1990, he was named vice president, marketing, for the Philips Whirlpool Appliance Group of Whirlpool Europe B.V., the company’s European subsidiary, and was named vice president, group marketing and sales, North American Appliance Group, in October 1992. In 1994 he was named an executive vice president of Whirlpool and president, Whirlpool Europe and Asia.
A native of Tipton, Ind., Fettig holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s of business administration degree from Indiana University.