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iRobot picks ex-Whirlpool executive for home robot unit

The Pentagon has been cutting back spending, which includes purchases of robotic devices.

The Pentagon has been cutting back spending, which includes purchases of robotic devices.

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Christian Cerda joined iRobot Corp. to lead its home robot business unit. As the Pentagon cuts spending, the Bedford company has been focusing more on the robots it designs to perform household chores such as vacuuming. Cerda was an executive at Whirlpool, where he had extensive international and retail channel experience. IRobot said his experience will be valuable to its growth through expanded distribution of new products and expansion in new and existing markets.

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