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Alene Candles Names New President & CEO

Published Wednesday Mar 20, 2024

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Alene Candles Names New President & CEO

Alene Candles, a Milford-based contract manufacturer of candles and home fragrance products, named Raj Chary as president and CEO. Chary most recently served as vice president at Cabot Corporation, a producer of specialty and performance products, and previously advised Fortune 500 clients while at McKinsey & Company. Rod Harl, who has led Alene Candles since purchasing it with business partner Ted Goldberg in 2008, will transition into the role of chairman. 

“Raj’s diverse professional background and fresh perspective make him an ideal fit to lead Alene into the future,” says Harl. “Ted and I are impressed by his vision and the way he connects with the Alene team. I could not imagine leaving this role in better hands and am excited for what lies ahead for the company and our dedicated employees.” 

Alene employs more than 400 full-time and 500 contract associates annually with operations in Milford, NH, and two sites in New Albany, Ohio. The company was named the 2023 Business of the Year in the manufacturing/technology category by Business NH Magazine, as well as a 2020 and 2021 Best Companies to Work For. 

“There’s a collective feel that people enjoy working here, which is reflected in their commitment to quality and the tremendous growth and innovation Alene has experienced, especially in recent years,” says Chary, who had prior leadership roles in Europe and Asia Pacific. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to guide Alene in its next phase of growth, building on the creativity, innovation, and processes that have made this company an industry leader.”

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