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Whirlpool elects woman to board

March 7, 2014
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Whirlpool elects woman to board
Gerri Elliott. Courtesy Whirlpool

Whirlpool now has two women serving on its 12-member board of directors.

Geraldine Elliott, executive vice president and chief customer officer at Juniper Networks in Sunnyvale, Calif., was appointed to the Whirlpool board last month.

She is serving on the board's human resources committee and the audit committee.

Tech career

Juniper Networks is a producer of high-performance networking equipment. Elliott drives various strategic and operational objectives for the company: global marketing, sales, systems engineering, advanced technologies, channel partners, field operations and customer service and support organizations.

She has announced plans to retire from Juniper Networks later this year.

"Gerri has exceptional information technology and leadership expertise," said Jeff M. Fettig, Whirlpool Corporation chairman and CEO. "As we drive results in an increasingly digital economy, Gerri's strategic understanding of transformative digital technologies, as well as her global marketing, sales and service experience, will be invaluable to our board of directors and Whirlpool Corporation."

Elliott joined Juniper in 2009 from Microsoft, where she held a series of senior executive positions, including corporate vice president of the company’s Worldwide Public Sector organization.

Previously, Elliott spent 22 years at IBM, where she held executive and management positions in strategy development, services and consulting, product management and sales leadership.

In the community

Elliott serves on the advisory boards for Catalyst and the Center for Executive Women Senior Leadership Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

She is also a 2013 YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women award winner, honoring executive women who exemplify excellence in executive-level positions.

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