Litehouse, a 100 percent employee-owned company and leading salad dressing brand, announced its board of directors has promoted Kelly Prior to the position of CEO. Prior previously held, and continues to hold, the role of President at Litehouse. In his newly expanded role, Prior will have the responsibility of setting the company’s strategic direction and vision.
“The past year has been a dynamic and exciting time for Litehouse,” said Curt Hecker, Litehouse board member. “We also acquired two new brands: Sky Valley and Organicville. This acquisition took us from a manufacturer in the product and deli departments to a manufacturer across multiple categories throughout the grocery store. With the expanded scope, it’s imperative we put an individual in the CEO role who has the vision and reputation of moving the business forward. Kelly’s track record of strategic thinking, strong business acumen and outstanding relationship skills made him the right choice for the role.”
In 2002, Prior joined Litehouse, became CFO by 2005 and in 2010 was appointed evp of the company. Prior officially became President earlier this year and made it a priority to focus his time and energy on developing a long-term business strategy for Litehouse.
“The success of Litehouse is in large part due to the hard work and perseverance of our employee owners,” said Prior. “It’s crucial we have a forward-thinking strategy to ensure we continue to build a sustainable business that provides our employee owners with opportunities or years to come. I am honored to work with my fellow employee owners to ensure we maintain our position as the No. 1 RSD brand while also expanding our footprint into other categories of the store.”