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18th January 2019
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Mike Jarrett takes early retirement
BSH Home Appliances has announced the early retirement of BSH independent kitchen sales director, Mike Jarrett.
In making the announcement, Andreas Meier, CEO BSH Home Appliances, said: "After nearly 33 years of incredible service to BSH Home Appliances, we announce the early retirement, on April 30th, of one of the most well-known and respected characters with the UK kitchen industry - Mike Jarrett."
Known to many throughout the industry as 'Mr. Neff', Mike started with the brand as an area manager for Surrey & Sussex in June 1983 and worked his way up to become sales director of Neff in 1999, overseeing a modernisation and transformation of strategy which subsequently more than doubled the Neff turnover in just seven years.
More recently, Mike has held the position as independent kitchen sales director for the combined Bosch, Neff and Siemens brands, and has grown the business substantially in just over two years but it is his dedication, loyalty and obvious pride in all he has achieved that will be lasting impressions of his long career.
Simon Jones, director BSH Kitchen Division, said: "Mike has played a major role in shaping not only Neff and BSH, but has also left an indelible mark on the wider kitchen industry - and not many are able to make that claim.
"Mike is a true gentleman and one of life's 'nice guys'. It has been an absolutely pleasure working with him - and learning from him, over the last few years. I will sorely miss his dry, rapier-like sense of humour, and I wish him and Sally every possible happiness in the next phase of their life together."
Andreas continued: "Mike has been an incredible ambassador to BSH. He is one of these unique colleagues who remains in everybody's mind - even a long time after retiring. Mike's retirement will be a much-noticed event - equally internally and in the wider kitchen industry - because of his outstanding knowledge, strong relationships and long-term success. Throughout my time as CEO I have appreciated Mike because of his determination, honesty and loyalty. He has been living the Neff brand like not many others. I thank him sincerely for all he has done for BSH in a tremendous career.
"Everyone at BSH wishes Mike a hard-earned, and well-deserved, long, happy and healthy retirement."
Mike is keen to acknowledge and thank all his friends and customers throughout the industry for making his career so rewarding, memorable and enjoyable. He looks forward to spending more time enjoying his hobbies which include playing the drums, supporting Northampton Saints Rugby and continuing his world travels with his wife Sally.
22nd April 2016