Whirlpool Hires Technology VP
Oct 20, 2006
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Whirlpool said Sanwal Sarraf will join the company as vice president, Corporate Innovation and Technology (CIT), effective Oct. 23, 2006. He will succeed Hank Marcy, who previously was named vice president, Global Product Development, Food Stream Solutions.

Sarraf will lead the CIT organization and developing advanced product concepts. He also will manage corporate electronics development and drive advanced electronics architectures and applications.

"He not only brings with him a strong innovation background, but also the knowledge and leadership skills to drive customer loyalty and business results,” said Mike Thieneman, executive vice president and chief technology officer for Whirlpool Corporation (Benton Harbor, Michigan, U.S.). “This role is critical to our effort to drive innovation and provide our customers with compelling new products and services.”

Sarraf joins Whirlpool from Brady Corporation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S., where he served as corporate vice president, R&D, and managed R&D operations in Europe, Asia, and North America.

Sarraf received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Bhagalpur University in India. He also holds a master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace science, as well as a Ph.D. in laser energetics from the University of Rochester, New York, U.S.

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