Stihl’s Whyte named sole director, chairman of U.S. subsidiary

Updated Jan 11, 2016
Fred Whyte, Geschaeftsfuehrer STIHL Incorporated, USA: ?Der amerikanische Markt ist der groesste der Welt. Der Wettbewerb ist hart, zunehmend strenge Abgasregelungen verschaerfen ihn noch. Dennoch ist der STIHL Marktanteil groesser als jemals zuvor. Kurz, die Kombination von hoechster Produktqualitaet und herausragendem Vertriebssystem zahlt sich aus.?/Fred Whyte, President of STIHL Incorporated, USA: ?The American market is the largest in the world. Competition is fierce and is compounded by increasingly strict emission regulations. Nonetheless, total market share for STIHL products is higher than ever before. In short, the combination of products of highest quality and a unique distribution system continues to deliver for STIHL.?
Fred J. Whyte will serve in an advisory role for his handpicked successor and other senior executives at Stihl Inc. Photo: Stihl Inc.Fred J. Whyte will serve in an advisory role for his handpicked successor and other senior executives at Stihl Inc.
Photo: Stihl Inc.

Stihl Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of the world’s largest manufacturer of chainsaws, says its retired president, Fred J. Whyte, will stay on as chairman and sole director of the Virginia Beach, Virginia-based company.

According to a Stihl Inc. news release, Whyte “will act in an advisory role,” working with his handpicked successor as president, Bjoern Fischer, as well as other senior executives.

Whyte began his career with Stihl in 1971, working as a regional manager for Stihl American, the same company where his father had worked for nearly two decades. He became product manager for Stihl in 1975 and was promoted to national sales manager four years later.

At the age of 34, Whyte became president of Stihl Limited, where he founded the Canadian operation in 1982 and served until he became president of Stihl Inc.

The U.S. landscaping industry certainly contributed to Whyte’s success: Among other achievements during his tenure as president of Stihl Inc. was a seven-year run as America’s top-selling brand of gasoline-powered, handheld outdoor power equipment.

“Bjoern was my recommendation to succeed me as the person to lead our company in the future, and the Stihl family agreed,” said Whyte. “He and the Stihl Inc. management team will be steering the ship and my role will be to help them read the map.”

Stihl Inc. is one of numerous subsidiaries of Stihl Holding AG & Co. KG, which is headquartered in Waiblingen, Germany.

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