South Deerfield, Mass. -- The Yankee Candle Co. has appointed Chris Kelly as general manager, Canada, charged with overseeing all aspects of the Yankee Candle business in Canada.
The company currently operates six company-owned retail stores in the Greater Toronto Area and also sells products at select independent gift and specialty stores. As part of planned global expansion efforts, this new business unit will focus on building out the gift and specialty business as well as invest in building the retail store base to over 50 stores in the next five years across the country.
Prior to joining Yankee Candle, Kelly was part of the executive team at Hallmark Canada, where he most recently served as VP of Consumer Solutions & Brand Experience.