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leadership_michael_white_thumbMichael D. White

Board of Directors

Michael D. White was elected as a director of Whirlpool Corporation in June 2004.  He is the chairman of the human resources committee and a member of the corporate governance and nominating committee of the board of directors.

White is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of DIRECTV GROUP, Inc., the world’s leading provider of digital television services, a position he has held since January 2010.  He was also elected a director of the company in November 2009. White was chairman and CEO of PepsiCo International from February 2003 until December 2009, which encompasses all of PepsiCo’s beverage, snack and food operations outside the U.S. and Canada.

Prior to taking charge of PepsiCo International in February 2003, White had been president and CEO of PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Among his other earlier positions with PepsiCo, which he joined in 1990 as vice president of planning, were senior vice president and chief financial officer for PepsiCo., Inc.; executive vice president and chief financial officer for Pepsi-Cola Company worldwide; and executive vice president and chief financial officer of Frito-Lay International.

Before joining PepsiCo, White was a senior vice president at Avon Products, Inc., and a management consultant at Bain & Company and Arthur Andersen & Co.

White holds a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from Boston College.


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