David (Dave) T. Szczupak joined Whirlpool Corporation as executive vice president, Global Product Organization, in July 2008. He provides overall leadership for the company's product businesses and strategic sourcing.

Prior to joining the company, Szczupak served as chief operating officer of Dura Automotive Systems in Rochester Hills, Michigan, a $2-billion international automotive supplier. While at Dura, he provided strategic direction for product development, purchasing, manufacturing and product quality.

Before joining Dura in 2006, he worked for Ford Motor Company for 22 years, where he held a variety of leadership roles. While at Ford, Szczupak led a transformation of Ford's automatic transmissions to world-class status and a rationalization effort for Ford's global engine and transmission lineups. He also spearheaded an initiative to improve quality, achieving a 22 percent improvement in overall quality metrics while driving lean world-class competitiveness. Szczupak also worked for Jaguar Cars for five years before it was acquired by Ford in 1990.

Szczupak has a master's degree in automotive engineering from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom.

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