Whirlpool UK, the company behind the Whirlpool, Hotpoint and Indesit brands, has announced the appointment of Lena Henry as the new managing director, UK and Ireland.
Taking over from former managing director Andrzej Tuleja, the appointment of Henry marks the first time a female has led the appliance brand in the UK and Ireland.
Henry has expertise in leading complex business initiatives across a multitude of markets, both mature and emerging. Beginning her career at McKinsey and Company, a global management consultancy firm, Henry advised several internationally recognised businesses on commercial and operational matters across a variety of product categories, with a focus on consumer and retail industries.
Henry then joined Essilor, the French-based international ophthalmic optics company, where she worked her way through the ranks until taking on her most recent role with the company as managing director, Essilor France. During her time at Essilor, Henry oversaw corporate strategy and led greenfield e-commerce launches globally.
Combining her knowledge across a variety of markets with experience across both consultancy and client-focused roles, Henry also brings a strong educational background to her new role at Whirlpool UK. In addition to receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering and structural engineering and mechanics of materials, Henry has an MBA in business administration from Harvard Business School.
Commenting on her new role, Henry said: “I’m incredibly proud to be embarking on and extending my career with Whirlpool UK, a company with an extremely strong heritage and an excellent portfolio of brands that are recognised across the world.
“My experience will enable me to build upon the tremendous work that the team is already undertaking, whilst furthering our commitment to consistently delivering outstanding customer care, as well as innovative new products that use resources sustainably. It’s a very exciting time ahead for Whirlpool UK and I look forward to leading the company’s plans for growth and continued success.”
Whirlpool’s appointment of Henry follows that of Steph Ferreira as head of brand and digital, UK and Ireland.