Whirlpool Names HR Chief to Replace Retiring Binkley

When David Binkley joined Whirlpool Corporation nearly 35 years ago, the company had roughly 22,000 employees worldwide. Today, the company has a worldwide workforce of some 92,000 people, and Binkley is ready to begin his planned retirement come spring.

Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool has announced that Binkley, who has served as the Chief Human Resources Officer and a member of the company’s executive committee, will begin his planned retirement on March 1, 2019, and Carey Martin, Vice President of Global Human Resources will succeed him.

Binkley was appointed to his current role in 2004. During Binkley’s tenure with the company, he has served in various HR leadership capacities, including in the European region and as vice president of HR for the North America and Asia regions.

Whirlpool CEO Marc Bitzer says, “Dave has been a key leader for Whirlpool, serving as a strong advocate of building a values-based culture where people are recognized as our greatest assets.” He adds, “When he joined the company in 1984, we were a $3.1 billion business with 22,000 employees, the vast majority of whom worked in the U.S. Dave has been instrumental in building state of the art, people-focused tools that today enables 92,000 employees around the world to achieve collective results within an engaging environment.”

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For his part, Binkley says, “I am proud and humbled to have been a part of the growth of such a terrific company with my greatest rewards coming from the opportunity to work with incredible Whirlpool people throughout the world.” He adds, “After almost 35 years, I am looking forward to the plan I set for myself, namely to take several months to step back, reflect and shape the next chapter of my personal and professional life.”

Carey Martin joined Whirlpool in 2013 as Vice President of Human Resources for the North America region. In 2017, she assumed the role of Vice President, Global Human Resources with responsibility for HR strategy and planning, total rewards, talent and HR operations.

Prior to joining Whirlpool, Martin spent 13 years with Eaton Corporation in global leadership roles spanning business HR, manufacturing operations HR, talent and strategy, and executive compensation and benefits. Martin is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business and later earned her master’s degree in Human Resources and Labor and Industrial Relations.