Longtime Whirlpool Corporation Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs Jeff Noel is taking on a new role. The office of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced this week Noel has been appointed secretary of the Cabinet for Economic Development in the state. That’s as Noel prepares to retire from Whirlpool at the end of this month. At Whirlpool, Noel is responsible for the company’s global external and internal communications, government relations, public affairs, and business travel departments. Noel also served as the president of the Whirlpool Foundation, which includes oversight of the company’s 20-year relationship with Habitat for Humanity, which has touched more than 200,000 families. Governor Beshear’s office says his administration is “once again proving that Kentucky is the destination as we welcome Jeff back home to the Bluegrass,” noting Noel “has both Kentucky state government economic development experience, as well as leadership skills that he earned at a multinational manufacturing company.” Noel previously served for 11 years as president of Cornerstone Alliance.