Kelly Prior, president of Sandpoint, Idaho-based Litehouse Inc., has taken on an expanded role as company CEO, effective immediately. As president and CEO, 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 Litehouse board member Curt Hecker in a statement. “Along with becoming the No. 1 refrigerated salad dressing (RSD) brand in the United States, we also acquired two new brands, Sky Valley and Organicville. This acquisition took us from a manufacturer in the produce and deli departments to a manufacturer across multiple categories throughout the grocery store. With this expanded scope, it’s imperative we put an individual in the CEO role who has vision and a 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.”
Prior joined Litehouse in 2002 and became CFO in 2005. In 2010, he was named EVP and assumed the role of interim president in 2018. He officially ascended to the president role in February 2019.
“The success of Litehouse is in large part due to the hard work and perseverance of our employee owners,” Prior said. “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 for years to come. I am honored to work with my fellow employee owners to ensure that we maintain our position as the No. 1 RSD brand while also expanding our footprint into other categories of the store.”
The 100% employee-owned Litehouse refrigerated line includes salad dressings, dips, cheese, freeze-dried herbs and other products, which are manufactured at the company’s five U.S. facilities based in Idaho, Michigan, Utah and Virginia.