Yankee Candle CEO leaving

SOUTH DEERFIELD —After 13 years, the president and CEO of Yankee Candle Co., Harlan Kent, is leaving the national candle company.

Rachel Wilson, a spokesperson with Jarden Corp., confirmed that Kent will “eventually move on. He has exciting opportunities ahead of him.”

The move is a personal decision of Kent’s and is not related to Jarden’s purchase of Yankee Candle in November, said Wilson. Kent and the leadership team at Yankee was actually one of the reasons Jarden became interested in the company, Wilson said.

“At the time of the acquisition, a key reason (for the purchase) was the strength of the bench. He’s done a lot for the business. We’re very impressed with what he’s done,” Wilson said.

Kent could not be reached for comment. The company declined to say when Kent would leave. Wilson said there would be a successor.

Kent’s departure would follow structural changes at the company this year in which some salaried employees were laid off or directed into new positions to reflect the online market.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at: kmckiernan@recorder.com, 413-772-0261 ext. 268 or @RecorderKatMcK

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