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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Retired Whirlpool Vice President Joins UA Eller College of Management as Executive Mentor

Former vice president of global communications to mentor Eller MBA students, continue as guest lecturer on crisis and investor communications

TUCSON, Ariz. – January 6, 2008 – Barry Holt, retired vice president of global communications of Whirlpool Corporation, is joining The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management as an executive mentor in the MBA Business Communication Program.

Holt will continue to serve as a guest lecturer in the program. For the past several years, he has assisted in delivering a course designed to prepare MBAs for both corporate crisis communication and communicating with investors.

“Our new executive mentors will coach MBA students, as well as step in to provide enhanced classroom experiences,” says Diza Sauers, assistant director of the Business Communication Program. “Barry will assist with simulations, serve as a lecturer on guest topics, and provide support for various programmatic initiatives.”

Holt retired from Whirlpool Corporation in June 2004, after more than 35 years in public relations and corporate communications. He is currently working on a variety of consulting assignments in corporate communications, including serving as senior advisor of communications to Information Services Group, Inc, in Stamford, CT.

Holt was named corporate vice president, global communications, of Whirlpool Corporation in July 2000. He came to Whirlpool from ACNielsen Corporation, where he served as senior vice president of global communications.  Before joining ACNielsen, Holt worked for the Philip Morris Companies, Inc. in New York, as vice president, corporate communications.  He also was director, public affairs for Pepsi-Cola International in Somers, NY.  Earlier in his career, Holt was vice president and client services manager for Burson-Marsteller in New York.

Holt was twice named a “Public Relations All Star” by Inside PR magazine. He is an elected member of the Arthur Page Society, the Public Relations Seminar, the Wisemen, and the Council of Corporate Communications Executives of The Conference Board.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

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Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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