Fred Whyte, former president of STIHL Inc., passed away July 7, 2017 surrounded by his family at his home in Virginia Beach, Virginia, after a battle with an aggressive form of cancer. He was 70 years old.

A Vancouver, British Columbia native, Whyte began his STIHL career in 1971, working as a regional manager for STIHL American, the same company where his father had worked. Whyte moved up the ranks at STIHL in the U.S. and at the age of 34, led STIHL’s expansion and operations in Canada. In 1992, Whyte returned to the United States as president of STIHL Inc.. During Whyte’s tenure as president, he led the company from a moderately-known brand to a well-known brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America.

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