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Whirlpool names retired general to board

August 26, 2016
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Larry Spencer
Larry Spencer. Courtesy Whirlpool

A recently retired general in the U.S. Air Force has joined the board of Whirlpool Corporation.

The Benton Harbor-based appliance maker said last week that Larry Spencer was appointed to the role.

Jeff Fettig, Whirlpool chairman and CEO, said Spencer has led a “distinguished” career and “brings great experience and perspective” to Whirlpool’s board.

Spencer's background

Spencer retired as a four-star general in 2015, following 44 years with the Air Force. He currently is president of the Air Force Association.

Spencer enlisted in the Air Force in 1971 and rose to vice chief of staff, the second-highest ranking military member in the Air Force.

He also was the first Air Force officer to serve as the assistant chief of staff in the White House Military Office. He served as the CFO and then director of mission support as a major command, and he held positions within the Air Staff and Secretariat.

Spencer participated in contingency operations Desert Shield/Storm, Desert Thunder, Desert Fox, Allied Force and Iraqi Freedom.

He received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Air Force Distinguished Medal and Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit.

He is the namesake for two awards: The Air Force General Larry Spencer Innovation Award and the Air Force General Larry Spencer Special Acts and Services Award.

Spencer holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, a master’s degree from Webster College and a master’s degree from the National Defense University.

He is a distinguished senior fellow of the Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania.

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