2015sBenArtisBen Artis serves as the strategic partnership lead for Whirlpool Corporation‘s connected home division. His work includes the recent integration between Whirlpool laundry and Nest Thermostats. Specializing in go-to-market strategy and new business creation, his prior Whirlpool experience includes the new-to-the-world product launch of SWASH™, a 10-minute clothing care system designed in collaboration with Procter & Gamble. Whirlpool Corporation is the world’s leading global manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $19 billion in 2013, 69,000 employees, and 59 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names. Additional information about the company can be found at http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com.