Electrolux Australia and New Zealand human resources director, Deb Bowden has left the business effective immediately, following the departure of managing director, John Featherstone last week.
Bowden was in a junior role reporting to Karen Hirst and was promoted during Featherstone’s tenure following Hirst’s departure.
A spokesperson for Electrolux has confirmed the company is unable to reveal the reasons for the departure due to legal reasons.
In a statement issued to Appliance Retailer, an Electrolux spokesperson said, “Electrolux confirms that Debra Bowden, Director – Human Resources, has left the ANZ business. We wish Debra the very best for the future.”
It is understood that Featherstone’s departure from the business comes just two weeks after Electrolux settled out of court with former employee Michael Doyle.
Doyle was unavailable for comment but those close to him advised he is extremely happy with the outcome and would only wish Electrolux the best for the future.
Doyle left Electrolux in August 2020 after four years with the company. He has spent more than two decades in the appliance and consumer electronics industry in Australia and is widely regarded as a sales professional with some of the strongest relationships in the industry.
He was appointed as country head of Electrolux and acting general manager pending the appointment of a successor to former managing director, Mike Putt.
In April this year, Electrolux product line director for care and wellbeing, Tanya Mudge left the company to join Smeg as divisional product manager for cooking. She worked at Electrolux for almost four years, following a six-year tenure with Narta.