Ronald L. Kerber, Ph.D. Former Executive Vice President & Chief Technical Officer, Whirlpool Corporation

Ronald L. Kerber, Ph.D.

Former Executive Vice President & Chief Technical Officer, Whirlpool Corporation

Dr. Ronald L. Kerber’s leadership responsibilities have included innovation, product development, cost reduction, and profitability in diverse global organizations. He currently splits his time among a variety of entrepreneurial and pro bono activities as president of SBDC, a small consulting firm; partner and co-founder of Dominion Development Company; visiting professor at the Darden School at the University of Virginia; and member of the Department of Defense Science Board.

During 10 years as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Whirlpool, Dr. Kerber had line responsibility for global product development and procurement, along with P&L responsibility for three worldwide businesses: microwave ovens, air conditioners, and compressors. Kerber also served as Vice President of Advanced Technology and Business Development at McDonnell Douglas, as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Advanced Technology, and as a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. His fields of specialty are in the areas of engineering management, new product development, procurement management, and laser physics.

Before beginning his business career, Dr. Kerber was a professor of electrical and mechanical engineering and associate dean of graduate studies and research at Michigan State University. He has published more than 60 technical articles, has co-authored the book Strategic Product Creation, and is a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the Michigan State University Teacher Scholar Award, the Purdue University Distinguished Engineering Alumni award, and the Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award. He was a NASA Fellow at the California Institute of Technology.

Dr. Kerber received a bachelor of science degree from Purdue University in 1965 and a master of science degree and doctorate in engineering science from the California Institute of Technology in 1966 and 1970, respectively.