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Whirlpool names head of Europe, Middle East and Africa region

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — Whirlpool  has appointed Esther Berrozpe as president of the company's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region and to the company's executive Committee. Berrozpe is currently VP European markets for the company's EMEA region.

"Esther is a proven global leader at Whirlpool Corp. Her experience in both Europe and North America is strong, and she is well-suited to lead our European business," said Jeff Fettig, chairman and CEO of Whirlpool Corp.

She replaces Jose Drummond, who will return to Brazil for personal reasons and continue his role of president, Whirlpool S.A. Brazil board of directors, until year-end.

Berrozpe became VP European markets, EMEA, in August 2012. Prior to this role, she was VP brand and product, North America Region. Berrozpe joined Whirlpool Corp. in June 2000 and has held various trade marketing, product and brand leadership roles of increasing accountability in Europe and in North America.  Berrozpe has a bachelor's and master's degree from Deusto University in Spain. She also studied Economics and International Business at Universita degli Studi Bergamo in Italy.

Berrozpe's new role will be effective May 1, 2013.