By Matthew Henry

MELBOURNE: Whirlpool Australia has announced new appointments to its sales team in the wake of the global takeover of the Maytag business in April this year and the local integration of the whitegoods business into the local subsidiary.

Whirlpool general manager – sales – Oceania, David Gibson, said the new sales team is an amalgamation of the Whirlpool and Maytag businesses.

“We have taken the opportunity to conduct a detailed review of the requirements of both the Maytag and Whirlpool businesses. We have taken the best of both companies and supplemented that with high-class talent from the wider market. The business is in an exciting phase as we continue to drive the transformation,” said Gibson.

In the New South Wales region, former Ingram Micro, Teac and Samsung employee, Michele Hawkins, has been appointed as NSW senior territory manager.

In a statement issued today, Whirlpool said “the completion of the Maytag integration in NSW was finalised with the appointment of Lee Trakosas as territory manager for the Sydney metro area”.

In Queensland, Whirlpool has promoted Shaun Casey to senior territory manager and Caterina De Pasquale has joined the company as trade marketing coordinator.

Following the retirement of Tom Preston, Whirlpool has appointed Marko Grandoni as senior territory manager for South Australia and the Northern Territory. Gradoni formerly worked in retail with Radio Rentals.

The company said it is in the final stages of recruiting for a Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Northern Territory state manager.

Whirlpool began the process of integrating the Maytag company in Australia in April when Maytag Corp was acquired by Whirlpool Corp in the USA for $US1.73 billion. Whirlpool also acquired the Amana and Jenn-Air brands in the deal, which were formerly owned by Maytag.