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Village Candle welcomes Clive Harper

Company appoints Clive as President of International Sales

Joining the Village Candle leadership team at an important stage in the growth of the brand, Clive Harper is ready to extend the Village Candle brand into new and markets whilst working to expand existing ones, giving it a true global presence.

Jeanne Hulit, President of Village Candle, has announced that Clive Harper has joined the leadership team as President of International Sales.  Clive Harper has a stellar career in growing the fragranced candle market in Europe having worked at Director level within the candle industry for over 30 years. His experience started with Bolsius BV, a major Dutch Candle manufacturer, when he founded Bolsius UK Ltd in 1984.

He then went on to join Yankee Candle in 1998 and Yankee Candle Europe was launched under his leadership and vision. Yankee Candle products were successfully exported directly to 49 countries throughout the world and Clive Harper became a leader within the home fragrance arena throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.

'We are excited to have Clive’s leadership and vision, to grow Village Candle’s international market share based on quality fragrance, product and service.  By joining the Village Candle team, Clive will help build Village Candle as the recognized premier fragranced candle brand,' said Ms Hulit.

'In 25 years, Village Candle has grown quietly into a leader in this industry,' said Clive Harper, President of International Sales. 'The company’s quality products and brand recognition will make it a force in international markets and that is why I am excited to be a part of the Village Candle team.'

To further support the brands expansion into Europe, Ms Hulit also announced that Village Candle has reached an agreement with the international shipper Eimskip that will enhance the company’s ability to grow the European market by shipping out of the port of Portland, Maine. Ms Hulit reports that the Eimskip relationship will reduce both costs and improve delivery times to reach to European markets.

Village Candle currently has distribution in 32 countries, with exports accounting for an increasing portion of the company’s sales. The United Kingdom is currently Village Candle’s top overseas market and one that appears poised for further expansion.

Ms Huit continues to say 'We are excited about the expanding market for fragranced home décor products worldwide. We know that 95% of consumers live outside of the U.S. and we are aggressively looking to capture our share of that market.'

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