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Tom Catania

Executive in Residence
Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan

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Thomas F. Catania, Jr., former Vice President of Government Relations at Whirlpool Corporation, is the Erb Institute’s first Executive-in-Residence.

A leader in identifying and implementing solutions to public policy problems, Tom has spent his career operating in the complex intersection of business, government, nongovernmental organizations and public policy. He is a leader in building consensus to achieve shared objectives and deliver significant business returns while protecting the environment and consumers.

Tom retired from Whirlpool, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, in December 2011, capping a 25-year career with the firm. Whirlpool, with annual sales of almost $20 billion, has 65,000 employees and 67 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world.

Serving as Whirlpool’s Vice President for Government Relations since 1997, Tom managed the firm’s government relations, which he transformed from a United States-centric, primarily reactive activity into a global public policy one that produced a substantial percentage of Whirlpool’s annual earnings per share for several consecutive years. As the public face of Whirlpool, he has testified before Congress and represented the firm’s interests with top government officials domestically and internationally.

Before joining Whirlpool, Tom was Special Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust and Consumer Protection Divisions of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office from 1982 to 1986. Originally from New York City, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Minnesota and his Juris Doctor degree from the William Mitchell College of Law, graduating with honors from both institutions.

Recent Comments by Tom Catania

  • "When it comes to existing sources of methane leakage, can someone speak to the issue of the extent to which public buildings or heating systems are so"
    EPA’s Methane Rule Comes Up Short
  • "One quick comment not on the substance of the piece, because I have not seen it.  I find it problematic to discuss wind and solar capacity as if it is"
    “60 Minutes” Calls Cleantech a Bust