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Jeff Noel

Jeff Noel, Vice Chair, MEDC Executive Committee

Vice Chair, MEDC Executive Committee

Corporate Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Whirlpool Corporation, Benton Harbor

Current Focus

Jeff Noel was appointed corporate vice president, Communications and Public Affairs of Whirlpool Corporation in 2004. He is responsible for the company's global external and internal communications, government relations, and corporate affairs departments, including strategic community partnerships and also serves as the president of the Whirlpool Foundation.

Noel was appointed to the MEDC Executive Committee in 2011 and serves as vice chairman.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Whirlpool, Noel served for 11 years as president of Cornerstone Alliance, a Benton Harbor-based economic development group. He also served as commissioner of management and operations for the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development Department, director of government affairs for Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation and executive assistant to U.S. Senator Wendell Ford of Kentucky as well as an owner/developer of over 700,000 sq. ft of commercial real estate.

Education and Personal

Noel holds a master's degree in business administration from Marymount University and a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from the University of Kentucky.

Noel also is actively involved in area initiatives including serving as president of the Harbor Shores Development and Bluffside projects and as a member of the Michigan Colleges Foundation. Additionally, he serves as general vice chairman for the 73rd Senior PGA Championship.