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WASHINGTON, DC (May 2, 2017) — The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) announced new association leaders at its annual member meeting, “The Next 50…,” held April 30-May 2 in Washington, D.C.

Re-elected directors who will serve three-year terms expiring in 2020 are AHAM Treasurer Dochul Choi, Senior Vice President, Global Business and Technology Strategy, Samsung Electronics America, Inc.; Winston S. Lindsay, III, CEO, Lindsay Manufacturing, Inc.; and Frank Wagner, Senior Vice President, Operations, Electrolux Home Products.

James R. Patullo, Vice President, Global Operations Home Division, Spectrum Brands, Inc. is a newly elected member of the AHAM Board of Directors and will serve a term expiring in 2020.

Directors continuing to serve three-year terms expiring in 2019 are AHAM Second Vice Chair Patricia Bassett, Vice President, Research and Development, Appliances and Cookware, Newell Brands; AHAM Board Chair Melanie K. Cook, Vice President, Sourcing, GE Appliances, a Haier company; AHAM Immediate Past Chair D. Jeffrey Noel, Corporate Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Whirlpool Corporation; Paul V. Sikir, Vice President of Design Engineering, Sub-Zero Group Inc.; AHAM First Vice Chair John I. Taylor, Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications, LG Electronics USA, Inc.

Directors serving three-year terms expiring in 2018 are Tim Ferry, Group Vice President, Tools and Home Products, Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions; Debbie Mudway, Vice President of Marketing, HOME, Trade Marketing and Consumer Relations, Helen of Troy-Health & Home; Steve Polinski, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Miele, Inc.; Manfred Staebler, Vice President, Government Affairs, BSH Home Appliances Corporation (Major Appliance Division Chair). AHAM President and CEO Joseph M. McGuire also serves as voting director.

Directors serving two-year terms expiring in 2018 are David Coffey, General Manager, InSinkErator (Canada), Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions (Canada Council Chair); and Helen Walter-Terrinoni, Global Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, Chemours Company LLC (Supplier Division Chair).

Serving as ex-officio members of the Board of Directors for terms expiring in 2018 are Ken Lee, Director, Global Product Standards and Claims, BISSELL, Inc. (Floor Care Division Chair); and Steve VerStrat, Regulatory Policy Director, Amway Corp. (Portable Appliance Division Chair).

Honorary Chairs with active status are Earl Jones, Senior Counsel, Regulatory Affairs Industry Relations, GE Appliances, a Haier company; and Ex McAssey, III, Chief Operating Officer, Lasko Products, Inc.

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The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) is the trade association representing manufacturers of major, portable and floor care home appliances and suppliers to the industry. AHAM is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and maintains an office in Ottawa. AHAM is the single voice providing the home appliance industry and its customers leadership, advocacy and a forum for action — developing and implementing credible solutions for public policy, standards and business decisions. You can visit AHAM’s web sites at