AHAM, the North American Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, announced that president and ceo Joseph M. McGuire will retire pending a national search for his replacement. McGuire will remain at the AHAM helm until at least May 2022. Patricia Bassett, vice president, research and development, appliances and cookware, Newell Brands, and current AHAM chair will lead the search committee tasked with finding AHAM’s next CEO. «Joe – she said – has worked to create a responsible regulatory environment in which our products continue to make life better in homes while also protecting the planet».
McGuire was named AHAM president in December 1998. He guided the association through the relocation of its headquarters from Chicago to Washington, D.C. soon after, establishing a strong industry presence in the nation’s capital. He subsequently oversaw the opening of the AHAM Canada office in Ottawa, ON in July 2012, planting the industry flag in the Canadian capital. In 2004, under McGuire, AHAM successfully merged the Vacuum Cleaner Manufacturers Association into its operations.
«Joe has created a legacy of achievement across many dimensions – commented John Taylor, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications, LG Electronics USA – , but most importantly in developing a staff known and respected for their member service and can-do attitude. As our industry has grown and as AHAM revenues expanded, the team has grown two-fold with talented professionals working in a high-performance, collaborative culture.»