WASHINGTON, DC (May 27, 2016) — AHAM has hired Randy Cooper, a veteran appliance industry leader with nearly three decades of experience, as its new vice president of technical operations and standards. Cooper, who most recently served as design for product safety and regulatory director for Whirlpool Corporation, will join AHAM in July.

In addition to his many years of experience at Whirlpool and Maytag, which included leadership positions in product design, research and development and global product approval, Cooper has been a mainstay in AHAM activities for nearly 20 years. He was a thought leader in AHAM’s strategic safety initiative and was a driving force behind many of AHAM’s efforts on safety, performance and energy efficiency standards. In April, he was honored with AHAM’s Home Appliance Industry Leadership Award.

“AHAM members who have worked with Randy agree that he has the experience to take AHAM’s technical expertise to a new level,” said AHAM President and CEO Joseph M. McGuire. “The knowledge he has acquired over his 27 years in engineering positions with Whirlpool and Maytag, as well as in volunteer positions for AHAM, will serve the industry very well.”  

Cooper will replace Wayne Morris, who is retiring in November after 22 years with AHAM. During his tenure at AHAM, Morris, whose expertise is recognized across the industry, has played a pivotal role in shaping AHAM initiatives on standards and other technical issues.

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