Miele’s U.S. president, Nick Ord, will step down at the end of July to pursue new interests outside of the industry, the company said on Thursday.
“The timing of my decision is tied to the strong footing the company now enjoys, which will aid in ensuring a smooth transition to my successor,” Ord said.
Succeeding Ord is Jan Heck, who has been president of Miele Canada’s operations since 1999. Heck will relocate to Miele’s U.S. headquarters in Princeton, NJ.
“Given Jan’s long Miele experience, he was the ideal choice,” said Ord. “He and I have worked together closely over the past 16 years. This helps ensure the smooth transition our business partners and employees will be looking for.”
According to the company, it requested that Ord be retained for an indefinite period of time in a “sounding board” role. A search process for a successor to lead Miele Canada’s operations is underway.