- New position will leverage the capabilities of the two leading ultra-premium appliance brands to drive continued innovation for distinctive owners.
LOUISVILLE, Ky./COSTA MESA, Ca.—August 17, 2017— Haier Group has named Kevin Dexter president, Fisher & Paykel North America and Monogram®, a newly created position designed to accelerate product innovation, promote operational excellence and focus on the desires of ultra-premium appliance owners.
“In North America, the Fisher & Paykel and Monogram brands are known for delivering the sophisticated styling, exceptional craftsmanship and industry-first features that distinctive owners crave,” said Rick Hasselbeck, Chief Commercial Officer, GE Appliances, a Haier company. “By bringing both leaders in the ultra-premium appliance market under Kevin’s leadership, owners will be able to relax in style as we promise to bring even more advancements and more features to make their everyday lives easier.”
While Fisher & Paykel and Monogram will continue to operate as independent businesses, Dexter will be responsible for leveraging the capabilities of both brands and creating synergies that will drive further innovation in the market.
Most recently holding the position of COO of Haier America, Dexter oversaw research and development, manufacturing, logistics, information technology, operations and service. Prior to his time with Haier Group, Dexter was the senior vice president, Home Appliance Sales and Marketing for Samsung Electronics America and held various positions at Electrolux Major Appliances North America.
“In Kevin’s role at Haier America, he has had a front-row seat to observe the huge opportunity that these brands have in North America,” said Laurence Mawhinney, executive vice president, sale and customer experience, at Fisher & Paykel Appliances. “I can’t think of anyone more passionate, more experienced or more qualified to further the market leadership of these premium brands and give luxury owners nothing but the very best in their appliances.”
Dexter will report to Laurence Mawhinney, executive vice president, sales and customer experience for Fisher & Paykel Appliances and to Rick Hasselbeck, chief commercial officer for GE Appliances.
About GE Appliances
GE Appliances, a Haier company, makes moments that matter for our owners through our passion for making great appliances and providing unparalleled services. Owners have more choices than ever before under the Hotpoint, GE®, Haier, GE Café™, GE Profile™ and Monogram® brands. Our products include refrigerators, freezers, cooking products, dishwashers, washers, dryers, air conditioners and water filtration systems. For more information visit www.geappliances.com/our-company.
About Fisher & Paykel
Fisher & Paykel has been designing products since 1934 and has grown into a global company operating in 50 countries and manufacturing in Thailand, Mexico, China and Italy. Fisher & Paykel prides itself on the creation of products with life in mind. Their products are adaptable, functional, durable and of real quality. From the materials they use to their design philosophy and the way they conduct their business relationships - they are real people, making real products for real life. In 2012, Haier Group bought Fisher & Paykel. Haier has made a huge investment in Engineering and Product Development that is present in the increase of product releases since 2012. Fisher & Paykel’s commitment to innovation, design and their customer continues to be the founding of the business.
About Qingdao Haier
Established in 1989, Qingdao Haier Co., Ltd. (Qingdao Haier) is a listed company on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SHA: 600690). It was one of the first blue chip companies to be included on the Shanghai Stock Exchange 180 Index. Qingdao Haier is a leader in developing, manufacturing and distributing a comprehensive range of home appliances and other products including refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners, water heaters, kitchen appliances small household appliances as well as other integrated SMART-related services.
Qingdao Haier has realized its cutting edge in R&D, production and marketing through the operation of a number of worldwide renowned brands and the management of overseas assets. It has subsequently become a global brand with operations all over the world.
Facing the challenges and opportunities presented by the development of the Internet of Things (IoT), Qingdao Haier is making a transition towards becoming an integrated IoT platform. It has since become a leader in SMART manufacturing and SMART home products, through the establishment of its SMART manufacturing and SMART LIFE platforms.
About Haier Group
Haier Group is the parent company of Qingdao Haier. Founded in 1984, Haier Group is the world’s leading home appliance provider, having grown from a traditional home appliance manufacturing business into a wide-ranging platform for startup companies. Its mission is to create innovative home appliances that anticipate the fast-changing needs of consumers all around the world.
Haier Group has been named the number one global home appliance brand every year for the last eight years by Euromonitor International, a world leader in strategic research in the consumer sector. It has also been named by Boston Consulting Group as both one of the ten most innovative companies in the world as well as the most innovative company in the consumer and retail industry. Its global headquarters are in Qingdao, China, and it has designing, marketing and R&D centers in the U.S. and Europe to serve local customers. Haier Group operates 10 R&D centers (including eight overseas centers), 24 industrial parks, 108 manufacturing centers and 66 trading companies worldwide. In 2016, its global revenues were CNY 201.6 billion.