Electrolux Australia and New Zealand managing director, Mike Putt has retired after a 36-year career with Electrolux and six years at the helm of Electrolux ANZ.

Putt will now spend time with his family in the NSW southern highlands. “I have had a wonderful career in a company which supplies products that are essential for people to enjoy life to the fullest in the comfort of their own homes.”

Putt added that he was proud of the Electrolux team with whom he had worked for the past 36 years in a variety of roles to instill loyalty for company brands among both retail customers and consumers.

“I have made lifelong friends in this industry whose success, I have always believed, is dependent on relationships. Electrolux is celebrating its centenary year in 2019 and those relationships with our customers are as strong as ever.”

Harvey Norman executive director, David Ackery, has known Putt for over 40 years, and says he will be missed by both sides of the industry.

“We first worked together when we were 17 on the corner of Edward and Charlotte Streets in Brisbane in the JB Chandler Investment Company who later became Chandlers in 1977. One of us was looking after the stationery and the other was looking after the accounts, and he and I often look back and see where we are now.

“Mike is the same person today as he was in 1977 – just a good human being. No matter the heights he reached and the titles he obtained or the people he had around the table, he was still the same bloke.

“A man with integrity is the best way to sum him up.”

Read our interview with Mike Putt just days before he left the company in the Appliance Retailer December magazine.