Electrolux Home Products has appointed Kurt Hegvold as managing director for Australia and New Zealand, succeeding John Featherstone who resigned earlier this year.

Hegvold’s appointment, which takes effect 9 September, 2021, was announced today from Singapore by Electrolux chief financial officer and head of sales for Asia Pacific and Middle East, Enrique Patrickson.

He said he is delighted to have Hegvold lead the company’s Australian and New Zealand operations. “Kurt’s extensive operational and people leadership experience in major global consumer centric organisations, including Sorbent, SC Johnson and PepsiCo make him the ideal choice to head our business in Australia and New Zealand.”

According to Hegvold’s LinkedIn profile, he held the role of CEO and region head at Sorbent Tissue Australia and New Zealand for just two months prior to joining Electrolux.

Prior to this, he was managing director for Australia and New Zealand at SC Johnson for three years during a seven year stint with the business that also included two years as senior director marketing commercialisation in North America and two and a half years as sales director from 2013 to 2016. He was also acting general manager of Australia and New Zealand for five months in 2016.

Prior to SC Johnson, Hegvold spent nine years with PepsiCo including roles in the grocery and convenience retailing divisions and prior to this worked for Coca-Cola Amatil for three years.