Jeff M. Fettig became Whirlpool Corporation’s chairman and chief executive officer, effective July 2004. He served as president and chief operating officer and was first elected to the Whirlpool board of directors in 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 he 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, Indiana, Fettig holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master of business administration from Indiana University.
Fettig serves as lead director of The Dow Chemical Company Board of Directors and is also a member of the board of The Kohler Company.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the Indiana University Foundation and on the Board of Governors for Boys Girls Club of America. He is a member of Business Leaders for Michigan and the Business Roundtable Association.
The Whirlpool Corporation is an American multinational manufacturer and marketer of home appliances, headquartered in Benton Charter Township, Michigan, United States, near Benton Harbor, Michigan. The Fortune 500 company has annual revenue of approximately $20 billion, 100,000 employees, and more than 70 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Gladiator GarageWorks, Inglis, Estate, Brastemp, Bauknecht, Indesit and Consul. After acquiring the Maytag Corporation on March 31, 2006, the Whirlpool Corporation surpassed Electrolux to become "the largest home appliance maker in the world."