BENTON HARBOR, Mich. Whirlpool has announced two key leadership appointments in its global product organization. Christian Gianni has been named VP global engineering and technology; and Patrick Schiavone has been named VP global consumer design. Both appointments are effective immediately. Gianni joins from New Zealand-based Fisher and Paykel Appliances; and Schiavone from Michigan-based Ford Motor Company.
Gianni will be accountable for global engineering and technology development and operations around the world. Schiavone will be accountable for consumer-focused product design of the company's appliances across its global portfolio of brands in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia.
"We are pleased to welcome Christian and Patrick to Whirlpool Corporation," said David Szczupak, EVPglobal product organization. "The broad experience and proven leadership that Christian and Patrick bring to Whirlpool Corporation will ensure we continue to drive product leadership through technology, engineering and design across our leading product portfolio of brands."