Names Craig W. Rydin to Board of Directors

26th Jan 2005
today announced the appointment of Craig W. Rydin to
its Board of Directors. This appointment is effective immediately.Mr. Rydin is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The
Yankee Candle Company, Inc., a Massachusetts-based designer,
manufacturer and branded marketer of premium scented candles and other
home fragrance products and accessories. In his current position, he
has been responsible for driving both marketing and operational
improvements, enabling Yankee Candle to continue to grow its
industry-leading share of market and significantly increase
shareholder value. Before joining Yankee Candle, Mr. Rydin spent 22
years with the Campbell Soup Company, where he served most recently as
the President of the Away From Home division. Mr. Rydin was previously
President of Godiva Chocolatier and also held numerous leadership
positions with Pepperidge Farm, another division of Campbell Soup.

“Craig Rydin brings to the Board his extensive
experience marketing consumer products that are distinguished by their
skillful branding and superior value,” said Chairman
Ralph M. Bahna. “He also possesses a strong managerial background with
Campbell Soup. We are excited to add Craig to our Board and look
forward to working with him.”


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