BENTON HARBOR — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear named a longtime Whirlpool Corp. executive as the new secretary of the Cabinet for Economic Development.

Jeff Noel, Whirlpool vice president of communications and public affairs, will join the Kentucky state agency after his retirement this year from the Benton Harbor appliance manufacturer. He will replace Interim Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Larry Hayes.

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