Jarden announces changes to board of directors

Jarden, marketer of housewares under a variety of brands including Mr. Coffee and Oster, has named Richard Heckmann to the company’s board of directors.

Heckman is the former chairman and CEO of outdoor products company K2. Jarden acquired K2 in August, and the company said Heckman’s appointment was one provision of the deal.

Martin Franklin, chairman and CEO of Jarden, said he expected Heckman to help in the company’s goal of building “strong niche brands.”

“We look forward to Dick's assistance in continuing to grow our business," Franklin said.

Heckman was named executive chairman of K2 in February 2007, and he served as CEO of K2 starting in October 2002. He has served on the boards of directors for MPS Group, Philadelphia Suburban Corporation, United Rentals, Waste Management Inc. and Station Casinos.

The company also announced that Charles Kaye has resigned as a director. Kaye is co-president of the global private equity firm Warburg Pincus and had been a director since February 2005.

Jarden products are sold under the names Sunbeam, Crock-Pot, Rival and FoodSaver, as well as several others.