Jeff Noel was appointed corporate vice president, Communications and Public Affairs in 2004. Noel is responsible for the company's global external and internal communications, government relations and corporate affairs departments, including Whirlpool Corporation's strategic community partnerships, and also serves as the president of the Whirlpool Foundation.
As part of community involvement, he serves as Chairman of the Harbor Shores Development and Bluffside projects and as a member of the Michigan Colleges Foundation. Additionally, he was appointed vice chairman of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in 2011.
Prior to joining Whirlpool Corporation, Noel served for 10 years as president of Cornerstone Alliance, a Benton Harbor-based economic development group. He also served as commissioner of management and operations for the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development Department, director of government affairs for Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation and executive assistant to U.S. Senator Wendell Ford of Kentucky, as well as an owner/developer of more than 700,000 sq. ft. of commercial real estate.
Noel holds a master's degree in business administration from Marymount University and a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from the University of Kentucky.