GE Appliances’ COO Stepping Down

GE Appliances’ Melanie Cook

By Alan Wolf, YSN

GE Appliances’ chief operating officer, Melanie Cook, is retiring from the company after 10 years with the business.

No successor has been named.

Cook assumed her current role in 2017, and is credited with putting “the building blocks, talent and systems in place … that serve as the foundation for the company’s continued growth,” the vendor said.

Cook joined the manufacturer from GE, where she had variously served in the conglomerate’s plastics, digital energy and appliance units. At the latter, she was first appointed cooking general manager and then led the division’s sourcing efforts before assuming the COO role under Haier Group ownership.

“Melanie has been a role model and trailblazer throughout her career, achieving personal growth goals and taking on challenging assignments that propelled her forward and made her one of the top leaders in the company,” wrote Kevin Nolan, president/CEO of GE Appliances, in a letter to employees. “Melanie will be greatly missed by the entire GEA team.”

Cook plans to use her newfound time to support her aging parents, see her children off to college, promote corporate leadership roles for women, and enjoy time in the great outdoors. Her direct reports will now report directly to Nolan and CFO Marc Charnas.