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Krannert Executive Forum - James Keppler

James Keppler

James Keppler

Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain & Quality
Whirlpool Corporation

James F. Keppler is Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain and Quality, for Whirlpool Corporation and is responsible for the North American manufacturing, logistics, planning, trade partner customer service, and quality functions in North America. He joined the company in 2011 as Vice President, Manufacturing, with responsibility for the company’s appliance manufacturing facilities in North America. Prior to Whirlpool, Keppler served in various manufacturing leadership roles within the automotive industry, most recently serving as Sr. Vice President, North American Operations for International Automotive Components where he was responsible for 32 manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

A 29-year manufacturing veteran, Keppler proudly leads the execution of Whirlpool Corporation’s “Invested in America” strategy that includes the investment of more than $1 billion in the company’s U.S. manufacturing facilities during the past five years. He also has accountability for the strategic development of global supply chain initiatives to drive operating excellence across the world.

Keppler graduated from GMI Engineering and Management Institute (now Kettering University), Flint, MI, with a master's degree in Manufacturing Management and Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
In 2015, Keppler was the recipient of Purdue University’s School of Engineering Technology Distinguished Technology Alumni Award, and was appointed to a two-year term on the U.S. Manufacturing Council. The Council served as the principal private-sector advisory body to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on matters relating to the U.S. manufacturing industry.

He serves on various charitable and industry boards, and currently is Vice Chairman for the Lakeshore Excellence Foundation, which supports the local public schools. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Whirlpool Foundation and United Way of Southwestern Michigan. In addition, he represents Whirlpool Corporation on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Manufacturers.