Gary Kiedaisch has resigned as president of The Coleman Company for personal reasons but is expected to assist Jarden Corp. in the management transition. It is not sure whether his departure is in any way connected with Jarden’s recent takeover of K2. Kiedaisch, a former executive of Head who is a long-time friend and colleague of Martin E. Franklin, the chairman and chief executive of the group, joined Coleman in January 2005, just over two years after leaving Nike Bauer Hockey, where he was the chief executive. Following his departure from Nike Bauer Hockey, he sued Nike for wrongful termination and defamation; the case was settled in November 2005. Coleman has appointed Sam Solomon, its chief financial officer, as acting CEO while it seeks a replacement for Kiedaisch. Dan Hogan, vice-president of finance, will assume Solomon’s prior responsibilities in the meantime. Separately, Richard J. Heckmann, former executive chairman of K2, has been appointed to Jarden’s board of directors, replacing Charles R. Kaye, co-president of Warburg Pincus.