Whirlpool Corporation announced today that David Binkley, chief human resources officer and a member of the company’s executive committee, will begin his planned retirement on March 1, 2019 after nearly 35 years of service. Carey Martin, vice president of global human resources, will succeed Binkley.
Binkley was appointed to his current role in 2004. During Binkley’s tenure with the company, he has served in various HR leadership capacities, including in the European region and as vice president of human resources for the North America and Asia regions.
“Dave has been a key leader for Whirlpool, serving as a strong advocate of building a values based culture in which the people of this company are recognized as our greatest assets,” said Marc Bitzer, CEO. “When he joined the company in 1984, we were a $3.1 billion business with 22,000 employees, the vast majority of whom worked in the U.S. Dave has been instrumental in building state of the art HR tools that today enables 92,000 employees around the world to achieve collective results within an engaging environment.”
Whirlpool Corporation Chairman of the Board Jeff Fettig said, “Whether leading efforts to help employees during the Maytag, Indesit and Hefei acquisitions successfully assimilate into the Whirlpool culture, or creating the Whirlpool people excellence strategy we operate within today, Dave has helped us become the world’s largest major home appliance company. On behalf of our Board of Directors, we thank him for his many outstanding contributions to the business.”
Martin added, “The opportunity to work with Dave has been a tremendous learning experience for me. I am grateful for his support and privileged to follow in his footsteps. I look forward to building on Dave’s achievements and taking our people strategy to the next level.”
“I am proud and humbled to have been a part of such a great company; the greatest rewards come from working with incredible Whirlpool people worldwide,” said Binkley. “After almost 35 years, I am looking forward to the plan I set for myself, taking several months to step back, reflect and shape the next chapter of my personal and professional life.”
Binkley and his wife have four children, all graduates of Lakeshore public schools.