CL Products Intl. announced the appointment of Calvin Johnston as the new CEO of Candle-lite. Candle-lite, a marketer, manufacturer and distributor of candles and candle accessories, was acquired by the investment firm of Centre Lane Partners in January, 2014. Johnston assumes the role immediately.
“I am very excited to join Candle-lite,” says Johnston. “This is a company with a rich heritage of manufacturing quality candle products for the food drug and mass retail chains, and a leader in the industry. I foresee continued market growth through innovation and international expansion.”
Johnston brings to the position over 25 years of expertise, vision and leadership skills, driving U.S. manufacturing companies through key transitional periods of growth.He has served as President and CEO of Leupold & Stevens, President of Galls, an Aramark Company and CEO of the Russell Athletic Group.
“We are excited about the growth opportunities now afforded to us by the acquisition and the addition of Calvin to lead the management team,” says Jerry Vanden Eynden, who will continue with the company in the role as President.