Alex and Ani announces new company president

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Alex and Ani has named a new president, the company announced on Wednesday.

The popular company, which was named one of Inc. Magazine’s 500 Fastest Growing Companies, has named Harlan Kent as its new president.

Kent, the former CEO of Yankee Candle, has nearly 30 years of experience working in both public and private business. He has a promising track record of building brands and creating profitable growth.

“We are delighted to bring someone with Harlan’s talent and experience to the Company,” said founder and CEO Carolyn Rafaelian. “His passion for creating relevancy in quality infused products, stewarding authentic brand building and developing high performance teams fits perfectly within the Alex and Ani culture and the strategic direction we envision for the Company.”

Before his time at Yankee Candle, Kent worked in marketing and sales at Totes Isotoner, Olin Corporation, and the Campbell Soup Company.

Kent is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree cum laude in economics. He lives in West Hartford, Connecticut with his wife and three children.

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