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Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
April 20, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Michael Ward



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Mike Ward became President of IKEA USA on January 1, 2009.  He came to this position after four years as President of IKEA Netherlands. Mike has over twenty years of IKEA home furnishings expertise accumulated from several growth management positions. IKEA US is now number 2 in the US home furnishings market; a major player that grew from a small niche retailer with 15 stores to a nationally recognized retailer with 38 stores.  IKEA, the leading home furnishings company, is recognized by millions for offering great value and price, as well as being a good company and employer with strong social and environmental programs.

A native of Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada, Mike Ward began his career with IKEA in 1986.  After a traineeship of one year he began working in the Canadian IKEA stores where he held various positions focusing on the commercial side of the business.  In 1994, he became Store Manager of IKEA Burlington where his interest in developing the co-workers led to his promotion for managing the training and development for the Canadian organization.  

In 2001 Mike left Canada to take a global role in leading the development of several company-wide Human Resource projects.  After their completion, Mike joined IKEA Netherlands as Deputy Retail Manager.  After several years, Mike became President of IKEA Netherlands in 2005.  Under his leadership, IKEA Netherlands enjoyed excellent growth and was recognized as the Netherlands’ leading retailer 3 years in a row (as determined by the country’s most recognized consumer poll).

Mike and his family live in the Philadelphia area.

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