Litehouse, Inc., a 100 percent employee-owned company and the No. 1 Refrigerated Salad Dressing (RSD) brand in the combined U.S. and Canada[i], today announced that Matt Burrows has been promoted to Vice President of Finance and Derek Christensen has been promoted to Vice President of IT. Burrows and Christensen, two of the company’s more than 1,100 employee-owners, will also join the Litehouse Executive Team, where their business acumen and respective expertise in Finance and IT will play a critical role in developing the company’s strategic plan for the future.
“As the industry and our company continue to evolve, we remain committed to investing in talent and resources that will support future growth,” said Kelly Prior, President, Litehouse. “Being an Employee Owned Company, we always look to promote from within when we have qualified employees that can step into the open positions. Having been with Litehouse for nearly a decade each, Matt and Derek’s expertise and guidance has played a crucial role in our company’s growth and development to-date, and we are delighted to welcome them to the Litehouse Executive Team.”
Burrows joined Litehouse in 2010 as an Accounting Manager, and during the past nine years, also held the roles of Controller and Director of Corporate Finance & Accounting. In his new role as Vice President of Finance, Burrows will represent the company’s financial department at an executive level, and oversee the long-term strategy for the company’s financial planning. Burrows has a double major in Finance and Accounting, and prior to joining Litehouse, held roles at Key Tronic and BDO Seidman.
Since joining Litehouse in 2010, Christensen has served as the Senior Director of IT and has held roles as the Applications Manager, as well as director and managerial IT positions. As Litehouse continues to invest in technology updates and innovations, Christensen’s new role as Vice President of IT further reinforces the company’s commitment to staying at the forefront of industry developments. Christensen currently serves on the board for the Inland Northwest Technology Professionals Association, and prior to joining Litehouse, held roles at Evolution Fresh and Disneyland Park.
About Litehouse, Inc.
Litehouse, Inc. is a leader in refrigerated salad dressings, dips, cheese, freeze dried herbs and other innovative and delicious products. Founded in Hope, Idaho by the Hawkins family in 1963, Litehouse is proud to be a 100 percent employee-owned company. Each of the employee-owners is committed to providing great-tasting, high quality food made with real ingredients and crafted with care. Manufactured at the company’s five U.S. facilities based in Michigan, Utah and Idaho, Litehouse award-winning products are available in North America through general retail, e-commerce, foodservice, deli, club stores, and value-added goods such as meal and salad kits. For more information, visit www.litehousefoods.com, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.
[i] IRI Total US MULO and Nielsen Homescan