Our Leadership

Patricia Poppe​​Patricia K. Poppe​

Board of Directors

Patricia K. Poppe was appointed a director of Whirlpool Corporation in December 2019. She is a member of the audit committee and corporate governance and nominating committee of the board of directors.

Poppe is chief executive officer of Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation (“PG&E”) and a member of PG&E’s board of directors since January 2021. Prior to joining PG&E, Poppe was the president and chief executive officer of CMS Energy Corporation and its principal subsidiary Consumers Energy Company, Michigan’s largest utility and the nation’s fourth-largest combination utility from 2016 to December 2020. Poppe served as senior vice president of distribution operations, engineering, and transmission for CMS and Consumers from 2015 to 2016, after holding positions of increasing responsibility since joining the company in 2011.

Poppe held a variety of automotive management positions and served as power plant director at Detroit, Michigan-based DTE Energy before joining Consumers Energy in 2011.

Poppe earned a master’s degree in management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University.