Hunter Fan Company Appoints John Alexander as CEO
MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 13, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Board of Directors of
Hunter Fan Company announced today the appointment of John Alexander as Chief
Executive Officer of Hunter, effective March 1, 2013. John replaces Chuck
Smith, who will transition to a senior advisory role for the Board.
John comes to Hunter with deep general management experience at senior levels
with well-known consumer brands. He has successfully led profitable growth,
both in U.S. and international businesses, through new product development,
consumer branding, licensing, and channel expansion. Importantly, John has
direct experience with various distribution channels and customers, including
U.S. home centers.
John spent most of his career at Whirlpool Corporation, where he held
positions of increasing responsibility. As Vice President and General Manager
of Whirlpool's $3 billion Whirlpool brand, John grew market share to record
levels by creating customer loyalty programs, introducing new products, and
working closely with key customers. As Vice President of New Business
Development and Innovation, John led new high growth high profit businesses
such as Gladiator, Commercial Laundry and Whirlpool's licensing business.
Most recently John was President of the America's for Diversey, Inc., a $3
billion leading global provider of cleaning and hygiene products. During his
three years at Diversey, John introduced new products, expanded international
distribution, and led his organization to sustained annual profitable growth.
John has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio Northern University and an
MBA from the Ohio State University.
When asked about joining Hunter, John said, "I am very excited about joining
an organization that has great brands and a leading reputation of innovation
and quality in the market. Hunter has a great future and I look forward to
being part of that over the long term."
The board also wishes to express its appreciation to Chuck Smith, who served
Hunter for 14 years, 6 of those as CEO. Rob Sharp, Managing Director of
MidOcean Partners said, "The board and I want to thank Chuck for his valuable
contributions. His leadership was instrumental in growing the company. We
wish him all the best in his future endeavors. The Hunter management team has
positioned the company very well for continued long-term growth, and we look
forward to our future success under John and the senior management team's
"My tenure with Hunter Fan Company has been a rewarding experience, and I
appreciate the opportunity to lead the company and the hundreds of loyal and
dedicated employees over the past six years," said Mr. Smith. "My transition
will ensure a seamless handoff, and allow me to pursue other interests after a
successful tenure with Hunter."
Hunter has just finished its third consecutive year of increased revenue and
market share, driven by strong growth in the core ceiling fan business.
About Hunter Fan Company
Founded in 1886 and headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., Hunter Fan Co. is the
world's original ceiling fan manufacturer. Today, the company also
manufactures high-performance air purifiers, low-maintenance humidifiers,
portable fans and energy-saving thermostats. Hunter fans and other product
lines are available in retail showrooms, home centers and discount stores
nationwide. For more information, contact 1-888-918-4326 or visit
SOURCE Hunter Fan Company
Contact: Mary Ann Morrow - Hunter Fan Company, +1-901-248-2205; Jennifer
Eiseman - MidOcean Partners, +1-212-497-1409
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