Alex and Ani names president

Alex and Ani World Headquarters in Cranston, R.I.

Cranston-based jewelry maker Alex and Ani announced the appointment of a new president Wednesday.

Harlan Kent is a former CEO of Yankee Candle. Alex and Ani said Kent has a reputation for building brands and growing profits in his nearly 30 years in public and private businesses.

"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," founder and CEO Carolyn Rafaelian said in a news release.

According to its website, Alex and Ani has 43 retail stores in addition to retail partners.

Kent spent 13 years at Yankee Candle, and before that worked at Totes Isotoner, Olin Corp. and the Campbell Soup Co. in various marketing and sales roles. He most recently served as CEO of C Wonder, an apparel retailer owned by Burch Creative Capital.

Kent lives in West Hartford, Connecticut.

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