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The Yankee Candle Company
16 Yankee Candle Way
South Deerfield
MA 01373
US
p. 413-665-8306
f. 413-665-4815

http://www.yankeecandle.com
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General Email:info@yankeecandle.com800 Telephone:
Location Type:HeadquartersCompany Type:Standard
Year Founded:Asset Amount (USD):$334,681,000
Sector Type:Publicly Traded CompaniesTicker:YCC
Primary Industry:ManufacturingSecondary Industry:Consumer Goods
SIC Code:5999,599953NAICS:
Annual Sales (USD):$601,180,000# of Employees:2,000

Personnel
Name:Mr. Michael J Kittredge
Title:Chairman, Corporate Planning
Founder,
Email:mkittredge@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Biography:Mr. Kittredge is the founder of Yankee Candle and currently serves as Chairman Emeritus. He has previously served in numerous capacities, including as Chairman of the Board, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He has been honored several times by the United States Small Business Administration (S.B.A.), once in 1985 as the winner of the “Entrepreneurial Success Award,” and again in 1986 as the “Businessman of the Year” for Massachusetts and the New England region. In 1996, Mr. Kittredge received USA Today’s and Ernst & Young’s Retail Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Name:Mr. Craig W Rydin
Title:Chairman, Corporate Planning
Chief Executive Officer, Management
Email:crydin@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Biography:Mr. Rydin is the Chairman of the Board of Directors, a position to which he was appointed in February 2003, and has been a director of the Company since April 2001. Mr. Rydin joined the Company in April 2001 and serves as the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Rydin was the President of the Away From Home food services division of Campbell Soup Company, a position he had held since 1998. From 1996 to 1998 Mr. Rydin served as the President of the Godiva Chocolatiers division of Campbell. Prior to Godiva, Mr. Rydin had held a number of senior management positions at Pepperidge Farm, Inc., also a part of Campbell.
Name:Mr. Robert R Spellman
Title:Chief Financial Officer, Finance and Accounting
Senior Vice President,
Member of Board of Directors,
Email:rspellman@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Biography:Mr. Spellman has been a director of the Company since June 2002. Mr. Spellman is the Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Prior to joining Yankee Candle in November 1998, Mr. Spellman was Senior Vice President of Finance of Staples, Inc. from 1988 through 1994, and Chief Financial Officer of Star Markets Company, Inc. from 1994 through 1998.
Name:Paul J. Hill
Title:Vice President, Management
Email:pj. hill@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Name:Gerald F. Lynch
Title:Vice President, Management
Email:gf. lynch@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Name:Stephen Farley
Title:Vice President, Management
Email:sfarley@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Name:Lori Klimach
Title:Vice President, Management
Email:lklimach@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Name:James A. Perley
Title:Vice President, Management
Email:ja. perley@yankeecandle.com
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Name:Martha S. Lacroix
Title:Vice President, Management
Email:ms. lacroix@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Name:Mr. Harlan Kent
Title:Chief Operating Officer, Operations
President, Administration
Email:hkent@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:12/2005
Biography:Mr. Kent joined Yankee Candle in June 2001 as Senior Vice President, Wholesale. He was promoted to his current position in July 2004. Prior to joining Yankee Candle, Mr. Kent was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Wholesale Division of Totes Isotoner Corporation from 1997 to 2001, and Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for the Winchester Division of Olin Corporation from 1995 to 1997. Mr. Kent has also held a number of senior marketing and strategic planning positions at both the Campbell Soup Company and its Pepperidge Farm Division.
Name:Ms. Martha S LaCroix
Title:Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Email:jobs@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Business Phone:Business Fax:413-665-9912
Biography:Ms. LaCroix joined Yankee Candle in February 1993 as Director of Employee Relations and has since held various positions of increasing responsibility in the Companys Human Resources Department. Ms. LaCroix was appointed Vice President, Human Resources in December 2000 and promoted to her current position in 2003.
Name:Mr. Mike Thorne
Title:Senior Vice President, Other
Email:mthorne@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:6/2006
Biography:Thorne joins Yankee Candle from Russell Corporation, a leading branded athletic and sporting goods company, where he was the President of the Bike and Athletic Team Division. Prior to joining Russell in 2005, he served as Vice President of Sales for the Spalding Division of Russell Corporation. Thorne also held numerous senior sales positions with Pentland LLC, Franklin Sporting Goods Company, and Wilson Sporting Goods.
Name:Mr. Paul Hill
Title:Senior Vice President, Operations
Email:phill@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Biography:Prior to joining Yankee Candle in October 2000, Mr. Hill was employed by Kraft Foods, Inc. from 1987 to 2000. At Kraft, Mr. Hill held various supply chain and strategy positions. His last assignment with Kraft, from 1997 to 2000, was as the Plant Manager at one of the largest plants in Kraft's system.
Name:Ms. Gail M Flood
Title:Senior Vice President
Email:gflood@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Biography:Ms. Flood joined Yankee Candle in 1982 as Retail Store Manager. Since 1988, she has been in charge of the Company's retail operations. She was appointed Vice President of Retail Operations in July 1996, and promoted to her current position in November 1998.
Name:Mr. James Perley
Title:Senior Vice President, Administration
General Counsel, Legal
Email:jperley@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Biography:Mr. Perley joined Yankee Candle in September 1999 as Vice President, General Counsel. He was promoted to his current position in July 2004. Prior to joining Yankee Candle, Mr. Perley was Vice President and General Counsel of Star Markets Company, Inc., where he served from 1997 to 1999. From 1987 to 1997, Mr. Perley was a member of the Boston-based law firm of Hale and Dorr LLP, where he served as an Associate from 1987-1992 and a Junior Partner from 1992-1997.
Name:Mr. Michael Hines
Title:Member of Board of Directors, Corporate Planning
Email:mhines@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Biography:Mr. Hines has been a director of the Company since February 2003. Mr. Hines is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc. Prior to joining Dick’s Sporting Goods in 1995, Mr. Hines served with Staples, Inc. from 1990-1995, most recently as Vice President, Finance. Prior to joining Staples, Mr. Hines spent twelve years in public accounting, the last eight years with Deloitte & Touche LLP from 1982 through 1990.
Name:Ms. Carol Meyrowitz
Title:Member of Board of Directors, Corporate Planning
Email:cmeyrowitz@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Biography:Ms. Meyrowitz has been a director of the Company since September 2004. Ms. Meyrowitz has held various leadership positions of increasing responsibility with The TJX Companies, Inc. before being appointed Executive Vice President of The TJX Companies, Inc. and President of The Marmaxx Group in 2001. She was subsequently promoted to Senior Executive Vice President of TJX in March 2004. Before being named President of The Marmaxx Group, Ms. Meyrowitz served as Executive Vice President, Merchandising for Marmaxx. She has also held senior leadership positions with Chadwick’s of Boston, a leading catalog retailer and formerly a division of TJX, and with TJX’s Hit or Miss division.
Name:Mr. Michael Polk
Title:Member of Board of Directors, Corporate Planning
Email:mpolk@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Biography:Mr. Polk has been a director of the Company since June 2003. Mr. Polk is the Senior Vice President, Marketing and Chief Operating Officer of Unilever Best Foods North America. Prior to joining Unilever in July 2003, Mr. Polk served as Group Vice President, Kraft Foods North America, and also served as President of Kraft Foods North America’s Biscuits, Snacks & Confectionery Divisions, from 2001 to 2003. Prior to that, Mr. Polk held several positions of increasing responsibility with Kraft Foods, including Group Vice President, Kraft Foods International from 2000 to 2001, Executive Vice President of Kraft Foods North America and General Manager of Kraft’s Post Cereal Division from 1998 to 1999 and Vice President, Category Sales Management and Strategy from 1997 to 1998. Mr. Polk joined Kraft Foods, Inc. in 1987. Prior to joining Kraft, Mr. Polk held various positions at Procter & Gamble from 1982 to 1985.
Name:Ms. Jamie Nicholls
Title:Member of Board of Directors, Corporate Planning
Email:jnicholls@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Biography:Ms. Nicholls has been a director of the Company since June 2000. Ms. Nicholls has been a general partner of FLC XXIX Partnership, L.P., a general partner of Forstmann Little & Co., since January 2000. Ms. Nicholls joined Forstmann Little & Co. as an associate in 1995. Prior to joining Forstmann Little & Co., she was an associate in Goldman, Sachs & Co.'s principal investment area from 1993 to 1995.
Name:Mr. Ronald Sargent
Title:Member of Board of Directors, Corporate Planning
Email:rsargent@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Biography:Mr. Sargent has been a director of the Company since May 1999. Mr. Sargent is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Staples, Inc., after serving as President and Chief Operating Officer since November 1998. Prior to that time, he served in various capacities since joining Staples in March 1989, including President – North American Operations from October 1997 to November 1998, President – Staples Contract & Commercial from June 1994 to October 1997, and Vice President – Staples Direct and Executive Vice President – Contract & Commercial from September 1991 until June 1994. Mr. Sargent also serves as a director of Staples, Inc.
Name:Mr. Robert O’Connell
Title:Member of Board of Directors, Corporate Planning
Email:ro’connell@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Biography:Mr. O’Connell has been a director of the Company since June 2004. He is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of MassMutual Financial Group. Mr. O’Connell joined MassMutual in 1998 and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in January 1999. He was subsequently appointed Chairman of the Board in January 2000. Prior to joining MassMutual, Mr. O’Connell held several senior leadership positions with American International Group and New York Life Insurance Co.
Name:Mr. Theodore J Forstmann
Title:Member of Board of Directors
Email:tforstmann@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Biography:Mr. Forstmann has been a director of the Company since April 1999. Mr. Forstmann has been a general partner of FLC XXIX Partnership, L.P., a general partner of Forstmann Little & Co., since he co-founded Forstmann Little & Co. in 1978. He also serves as a director of McLeodUSA Incorporated and Community Health Systems, Inc.
Name:Mr. Michael ` Archbold
Title:Member of Board of Directors, Corporate Planning
Email:marchbold@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Biography:Mr. Archbold joined AutoZone, Inc. in 2002 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to his current position as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2004. Prior to joining AutoZone, Mr. Archbold held various financial leadership positions of increasing responsibility with Barnes & Noble, Inc. from 1996-2002, and served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Barnes & Noble's Booksellers Division from 2000-2002. Prior to Barnes & Noble, Mr. Archbold served in various financial positions, including Assistant Controller, with Woolworth Corporation (now Foot Locker, Inc.) from 1988 to 1996.
Name:Mr. Dale Frey
Title:Member of Board of Directors, Corporate Planning
Email:dfrey@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Biography:Mr. Frey has been a director of the Company since June 2001. Mr. Frey, now retired, served as Chairman of the Board and President of General Electric Investment Corp. from 1984 through 1997. He also served as Vice President and Treasurer of General Electric Company from 1980 to 1984 and again from 1986 to 1994. Mr. Frey is also a director of Aftermarket Technology Corp., Community Health Systems, Inc., and McLeodUSA Incorporated.
Name:Ms. Doreen A. Wright
Title:Member of Board of Directors, Corporate Planning
Email:dwright@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Biography:Ms. Wright has been a director of the Company since November 2003. Ms. Wright joined Campbell Soup Company in 2001 as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. During an interim period, she also served as the company's top Human Resources executive in addition to her primary responsibilities. Prior to joining Campbell Soup Company, Ms. Wright served as EVP and Chief Information Officer of Nabisco, Inc. from 1999-2001. Prior to joining Nabisco, Ms. Wright held various key positions at Prudential Insurance Company, American Express Company and Bankers Trust Company.
Name:Ms. Sandra Horbach
Title:Member of Board of Directors, Corporate Planning
Email:shorbach@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Biography:Ms. Horbach has been a director of the Company since May 1998. She has been a general partner of FLC XXIX Partnership, L.P., a general partner of Forstmann Little & Co., since 1993. She also serves as a director of Citadel Communications, Inc. and Community Health Systems, Inc.
Name:Craig W. Rydin
Title:Member of Board of Directors, Management
Email:cw. rydin@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Name:Mr. Vijay Vishwanath
Title:Member of Board of Directors, Corporate Planning
Email:vvishwanath@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:4/2005
Biography:Mr. Vishwanath joined Bain & Company in 1987, and has led Bain & Company's consumer products practice since 1996. Prior to joining Bain, Mr. Vishwanath was at Procter & Gamble from 1981 to 1984. Mr. Vishwanath has written extensively on a variety of consumer product issues and other marketing, branding and consumer-related matters. He is a regular contributor to The Harvard Business Review and other publications.
Name:Ms. Susan Stockman
Title:Media Contact, Public Relations
Email:sstockman@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Business Phone:413-665-8306 4542 Business Fax:
Name:Michael J. Kittredge
Title:FounderEmail:mj. kittredge@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:
Name:Mr. Bruce H. Besanko
Title:
Email:bbesanko@yankeecandle.com
Nickname:Date Appointed:3/2005
Biography:Bruce H. Besanko joins Yankee Candle from Best Buy Company Incorporated, an industry-leading international specialty retailer of consumer electronics and entertainment software, where he served as Vice President, Finance. Prior to joining Best Buy in 2002, Mr. Besanko held several financial leadership positions of increasing responsibility for Sears, Roebuck and Co. from 1996-2002. Prior to joining Sears, Mr. Besanko held various finance, accounting and treasury positions with the Atlantic Richfield Company from 1992-1996. He also served in the United States Air Force, holding a variety of leadership roles for more than eight years.
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