Blyth, Inc., a direct-to-consumer manufacturer and distributor of home fragrance, household products and accessories, today will name Harry Slatkin as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors. Blyth, Inc. was recently acquired by The Carlyle Group, a global investment firm, in partnership with Mr. Slatkin.
Carlyle Managing Director David Stonehill said, “Nobody knows home fragrance like Harry Slatkin. He has a strong legacy of innovation, product development and market expansion. We are confident Blyth and its business units PartyLite and Silver Star will thrive under Harry’s inspired leadership. We are very excited to welcome Dan Chard, whose operational expertise in the direct selling sector will help fuel Blyth’s expansion.”
Slatkin is one of the world’s most successful leaders in the home fragrance industry. As the founder and creative force behind Slatkin & Co, the premier home fragrance brand, he has received numerous awards, and was dubbed by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal as the “King of Home Fragrance.”
In 2005, Slatkin sold Slatkin & Co. to L Brands’ Bath & Body Works division. At L Brands, Slatkin grew the business to the second largest home fragrance company in the world, and the number one home fragrance brand on QVC. In 2011, Slatkin became Belstaff’s Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairman and spearheaded the plan that transformed Belstaff into a leading luxury lifestyle brand.
“Twenty three years ago I entered into the world of home fragrance where my passion for excellence helped create the best home fragrance products in the world,” said Slatkin. “At PartyLite, my first priority is to expand the company’s direct salesforce and drive new product innovation. Together we will develop and deliver premier home fragrance products and experiences to people all over the world.”
The company also announced the appointment of Dan Chard as the new President and COO, effective immediately. Chard joins the company from Nu Skin, where he served as President of Global Sales and Operations. For 15 years, Chard worked for Nu Skin, a direct seller company that distributes premium-quality anti-aging products in the personal care and nutritional supplements sectors. He also held the positions of Executive Vice President of distributor success and President of Nu Skin, Europe.
“I am honored to take this role at Blyth, and excited about the possibilities that lie ahead,” said Mr. Chard. “PartyLite has the best independent consultants, who all have remarkable passion for the product. I look forward to working with the entire team as we embark on this exciting journey together.”