Noel to Retire, Klyn to Take Over Whirlpool International Public Affairs


Some of the revered and efficient enterprise leaders in Michigan’s Nice Southwest is saying his retirement.

D. Jeffrey Noel, International Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for Whirlpool Company will retire in 2022, to be succeeded by Pamela Klyn, at present Whirlpool Vice President of International Product Group.

Noel got here to Southwest Michigan nearly 30 years in the past to guide Cornerstone Alliance, then moved to Whirlpool, changing into its public face in SW Michigan and taking a management position in numerous tasks that superior the financial and social material of Northern Berrien County.

The Harbor Shores venture and the Whirlpool North American Headquarters are two of probably the most seen merchandise of Noel’s management, forging partnerships between various pursuits and communities working towards a standard purpose.


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Noel says he has loads of vitality left and can take a while to contemplate how he can proceed to make a distinction wherever he’s concerned.

Right here is the formal announcement from Whirlpool Company of Klyn’s appointment and Noel’s retirement:

Whirlpool Company (NYSE: WHR) introduced in the present day that Pamela Klyn, vp – International Product Group, has been named Senior Vice President, Communications, Public Affairs and Sustainability efficient Jan. 1, 2022. Klyn will be a part of the Govt Management staff and report on to Chairman and CEO, Marc Bitzer.

In her new position, Klyn will leverage her intensive product information and international expertise to advance the corporate’s sustainability objectives. She’s going to information all communications for the corporate and take a management position in authorities relations at a time wherein dwelling equipment innovation is more and more impacted by the regulatory panorama.

Klyn succeeds present Company Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, D. Jeffrey Noel, who has introduced his long-planned intention to retire in mid-2022 following almost 18 years on the firm. Noel will work with Klyn over the primary half of 2022 to make sure a clean transition.

“Pam has been an excellent chief at Whirlpool. She brings not solely a robust technical understanding of the merchandise and the kinds of purposeful innovation that exceed our buyer’s expectations, but in addition a dedication to bettering the communities round her,” mentioned Marc Bitzer, chairman and CEO, Whirlpool Company. “I’m assured in her capacity to carry that distinctive mixture of product information and group dedication to assist enhance life for all of our stakeholders, whether or not within the dwelling, inside their neighborhoods or in defending our planet.”

Bitzer continued, “Jeff has been a key chief for Whirlpool, serving as a robust advocate of constructing a values-based tradition wherein the folks of the group are dedicated to enhancing life at dwelling. He has been concerned in main a large number of vital points confronted by the corporate and at all times introduced an enthusiastic and private method to every part he did.”

As a part of the transition, Eleanor Reece has been named Vice President of International Communications. Reece joined the corporate in 2019 as Senior Director of International Communications after serving throughout varied communications and authorities relations roles within the non-public sector, together with with Common Motors, CNN Worldwide, and consulting for different industries. “Eleanor has made a robust influence since becoming a member of Whirlpool. The position of the worldwide communications staff continues to develop and I sit up for her continued contributions as she works alongside Pam to advance our firm imaginative and prescient,” mentioned Bitzer.

Klyn was employed into Whirlpool Company’s Technical Excellence Program in 1993 after graduating from Michigan Technological College with a Bachelor’s Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. She earned a Grasp’s Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Michigan in 1995. Throughout her time with the corporate, Klyn has held advancing roles in engineering, product growth, international innovation, and advertising and marketing. From 2013 to 2015, she lived in Italy and served because the Vice President of Merchandise and Manufacturers for Whirlpool EMEA. She is at present a Vice President within the firm’s International Product Group. On this position, she is accountable for all of Whirlpool Company’s Washer, Dryer, and Business Laundry platforms globally, together with the corporate’s long-term technique to drive worthwhile progress throughout all areas.

Klyn is at present a Board member for the Boys & Ladies Golf equipment of Benton Harbor and a Trustee for the Whirlpool Basis. She serves on the Michigan Technological College Exterior Advisory Board for the Dean of Engineering and on the Board of Administrators for Patrick Industries.

Noel was appointed to his present position in 2004. Throughout Noel’s tenure, he has been a visual chief in representing the corporate on a number of points, from social accountability to native and regional issues.

Together with main Communication and Public Affairs for Whirlpool, Noel served as President of the Whirlpool Basis and led the corporate’s international partnership with Habitat for Humanity Worldwide and the annual sponsorship of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. Noel has served as chairman and vice-chairman of the Affiliation of Dwelling Equipment Producers, Managing Director of Harbor Shores Resort, Chairman of the Michigan Financial Improvement Basis, and for 12 years because the vice-chairman of the Michigan Financial Improvement Company, amongst many different organizations.

“I’m proud and humbled to have been part of one of the revered and accountable corporations on the planet,” mentioned Noel. “My best satisfaction has been the chance to work with unimaginable Whirlpool folks whose ardour for our customers and dedication that there is no such thing as a proper approach to do a improper factor guided their each motion.”

Noel continued, “My purpose has at all times been to see a good stronger chief succeed me in taking our operate to even larger ranges of worth creation for Whirlpool and Pam is simply such a frontrunner. She  will get to work with a incredible staff that contains the Communications and Public Affairs operate and international sustainability. The promotion of Eleanor Reece to Vice President of International Communications will additional elevate the staff. Collectively, they may lead the worldwide operate in new and higher methods. I’ve a number of months of labor forward of me and sooner or later will take the time to replicate and decide what I plan to do within the subsequent chapter of my private {and professional} life.“

Klyn added, “Congratulations to Eleanor and I’m trying ahead to working carefully with Jeff over the subsequent a number of months as a part of a clean transition. I’ve many issues to be taught from him and know that he has constructed a robust basis inside his staff that may help me in advancing the optimistic understanding of the folks and merchandise which have made our firm nice over the previous 110 years.”


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