Fisher & Paykel appoints former Miele director as new COO

New Zealand-based appliance manufacturer Fisher & Paykel has announced that it is appointing Stephen Rickersey to be its new chief operating officer.

Rickersey has had a long career within the consumer goods industry prior to his new appointment. Most recently, he served almost four years as sales director at Miele, and before that, worked as head of sales at Whirlpool.

As chief operating officer, he will be responsible for guiding the appliance brand’s direction within the UK, Ireland and Europe going forwards, such as the opening of its first UK showroom, which is set to be launched later on this year.

Rickersey said: “I am joining Fisher & Paykel at a hugely transformative time for the company. The business is on the cusp of many great things in multiple channels, and I am thrilled to be leading a team with values of trust, curiosity, generosity, sustainability and innovation at its core.

“These values are what drew me to the brand, as well as its rich New Zealand heritage that is synonymous with a deep connection to food and wine care in the appliance design world.”

Rickersey’s appointment follows the announcement in October last year that David Woolcott was stepping down as UK MD after five years leading the company.

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