Alan Shaw, Left. Nolan Pike, Right.
By Alan Wolf, YSN
There’s a change at the top at Electrolux North America.
Alan Shaw, who has led the unit for the past four years, has opted to retire at the end of the month, and will be succeeded on Jan. 1 by Nolan Pike.
Pike, who made his appliance bones at GE and Sears, joined Electrolux seven years ago as Senior Vice President of Cooking, Fabric Care and Dish Care. In 2016 he was named Senior Vice President of North American Product Lines, and for the past year has served as Senior Vice President of Taste, the company’s largest “consumer experience area,” with global responsibility for all kitchen products.
Prior to Electrolux, he ran Sears’ home appliance and Kenmore businesses, and before that managed the Monogram brand and the Sears and Home Depot accounts for GE.
His predecessor, Shaw, ran Electrolux’s Husqvarna outdoor power products business in the Western Hemisphere before succeeding Jack Truong as head of Electrolux North America. Shaw came to Electrolux from Char-Broil, where he was President/CEO, and previously served at Whirlpool for 16 years.
During Shaw’s tenure net sales in North America slipped 11.4 percent and operating income declined 58 percent through 2018, due in part to higher raw materials prices and increased manufacturing costs related to the expansion and modernization of its massive refrigeration/freezer facility in Anderson, S.C.
In a statement, Electrolux Group President/CEO Jonas Samuelson thanked Shaw for his contributions to the company and congratulated Pike on his promotion. “Nolan’s solid experience from the North American appliance industry combined with his global perspective and strong consumer insight make him very well suited to take on this important role,” he said.