Sales: $480 million.
Key Personnel: Calvin Johnston, chief executive officer; Martin Köhler president, PartyLite Worldwide.
Major Products: Home fragrance products sold by PartyLite and Candle-lite. Wickless and wick candles, sprays, and candle holders.
New Products: Candle-lite Scent Bursts and Scent Sticks; PartyLite three-wick candles.
Comments: It’s been a year since The Carlyle Group teamed up with Centre Lane Partners, LLC to create Luminex Home Décor & Fragrance Holding Company. Following the move, CEO Calvin Johnston noted that the two brands brought under the umbrella—Candle-lite and PartyLite—had very little overlap. Candle-lite was primarily focused on North American retail, while PartyLite’s biggest business is in Europe. Now, infrastructure is being leveraged to expand both businesses into new markets.
In September, the company appointed Martin Köhler as president of PartyLite Worldwide. He had been president of PartyLite Europe.