Effective August 15, 2013, Alan Shaw has been appointed Executive Vice President, Head of Business Area: Americas, and will become a member of Husqvarna Group Management.

Alan Shaw has more than 25 years of global experience from consumer durables including barbeque grills and accessories, lawn and garden equipment and major home appliances.

Most recently, Alan comes from the barbeque grill and accessories company Char-Broil LLC, US, where he has been President and CEO since 2005. Between 2003 and 2005, he held the position as President and CEO of the consumer lawn and garden equipment manufacturer Murray Group, US. Between 1987 and 2003, he held numerous positions within the home appliance company Whirlpool Corporation.

Alan Shaw holds an MBA from Indiana University and a BS from the University of Idaho.

Earl Bennett, who has been Acting Head of Americas, since January 23, 2013, will resume his position as Vice President and General Counsel for Americas.

"Together with my successor Kai Warn, I would like to welcome Alan Shaw to the Group. In Alan Shaw we have found a strong leader with a solid track record of managing brand driven businesses," says Hans Linnarson, President and CEO of Husqvarna Group. "I would also like to thank Earl Bennett for his valuable contributions while acting as Head of Americas for the past five months."