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Executive Agreement - Maytag Corp. and William L. Beer

                              Executive Agreement

This agreement is entered into between William L. Beer ("Beer") and Maytag
Corporation ("Maytag") as of May 7, 2001.

WHEREAS, effective August 31, 2000, Mr. Beer resigned his employment with Maytag
as President, Maytag Appliances;

WHEREAS, upon such resignation, Mr. Beer received from Maytag $516,229 in
severance and long and short-term incentive compensation;

WHEREAS, Mr. Beer was entitled to $180,532 of that amount for his service in
2000 based on Maytag's long and short-term incentive compensation plans;
resulting in $335,697 in total severance and incentive benefits,

WHEREAS, effective February 1, 2001, Mr. Beer accepted re-employment with Maytag
as President, Maytag Appliances; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Beer desires to return $250,000 of the severance and incentive
benefits he received, given his return to employment with Maytag:


     1.  Promptly after the execution of this Agreement, Mr. Beer will pay to
Maytag $250,000.  In determining the amount to be so paid, the parties recognize
that Mr. Beer would have been entitled to $180,532.00 in long and short term
incentive payments if he had not resigned in August 2000.  Therefore, Mr. Beer
will have returned about 75% of the enhanced severance and incentive payments
paid to him ($250,000/($516,229 - $180,532).

     2.  Mr. Beer will not have a break in service for purposes of vacation,
pension, service awards or other benefit plans of Maytag.

     3.  Medical and life insurance will be continued.

/s/ William L. Beer                                      Date: May 7, 2001
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    William L. Beer, President Maytag Appliances

/s/ Jon O. Nicholas, Sr.                                 Date: May 7, 2001
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    Jon O. Nicholas, Sr. V.P. Human Resources

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